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Stockholm: Numerous pro-Palestinian demonstrators organized by various support groups, including Queers for Palestine and Peace Alliance, marched on the Canadian Museum for Human Rights on Sunday. The objective was to shed light on the human rights crisis in Gaza amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict.

This significant rally, coordinated on Human Rights Day, commemorating 75 years since the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, 1948, sought to draw attention to the prolonged occupation of Palestine. Ramsey Zeid from the Canadian Palestinian Association of Manitoba emphasized the 75-year anniversary of the Nakba on May 15, 1948, marking decades of oppression.

The demonstrators voiced concerns that the museum fails to address the 1948 Nakba and the plight of Palestinians, claiming exclusion from exhibits. Co-organizer Alison Moule asserted, "There are exhibits that focus on genocides globally, but there is almost no exhibit that mentions Palestine and the Palestinian liberation struggle."

Responding to these concerns, the museum released a statement through Matthew Cutler, the vice president of exhibitions, affirming ongoing collaboration with the Palestinian-Canadian community. Efforts are underway to develop new gallery content that accurately reflects the human rights violations experienced by Palestinians.

Cutler stated, "Our galleries will never be able to capture every element and experience of human rights. We are thankful for upstanders, protesters, educators and others who, like in today’s protest, add context, perspectives and stories to complement what we are able to offer in our galleries."

During the demonstration, protesters engaged in a poignant 64-minute "die-in," symbolizing each day since the conflict began on October 7, urging attention to the thousands of Palestinians affected by the ongoing conflict.

Elle-Maija Tailfeathers, a participant in the die-in, shared, "I feel debilitated by witnessing what’s happening, and I feel as though I have an obligation to come here and stand in solidarity."

The demonstrators also called on the Canadian government, urging them to advocate for a ceasefire in the ongoing conflict. Moule conveyed their collective hope, stating, "We hope that the federal government will also call for a ceasefire."