The Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba, is the first museum in the world dedicated to the history and understanding of human rights. But even before it was opened, the museum was generating plenty of controversy.

Back in 2000, the late Israel Asper, a Winnipeg-based Canadian media magnate, came up with the idea of building a museum that would explore human rights, encompassing everything from school bullying to genocide. He provided $20 million for the project from his family foundation, and in 2003 the Government of Canada, the Province of Manitoba and the City of Winnipeg were all on board.

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