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Canada calls torture on Rohingyas a genocide

Parliament adopts unanimous motion
DIPLOMATIC CORRESPONDENT
Canada calls torture on Rohingyas a genocide

Bangladesh has appreciated a unanimous motion adopted on Thursday by the Canadian House of Commons (lower house of Parliament) describing as genocide the crimes committed by the Myanmar military against the Rohingya population in northern Rakhine. The Canadian high commission in Bangladesh forwarded a copy of the motion to the foreign ministry on Friday, said a diplomatic source.

In response, the foreign ministry acknowledged the receiving of the motion yesterday through a communication and appreciated the Canadian move, he said. On Friday in Ottawa, Andrew Leslie, parliamentary secretary to foreign minister Chrystia Freeland moved the motion in the House of Commons for unanimous consent regarding the Rohingya crisis.

The house, according to the text made available to The Independent, “Endorse the findings of the UN Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar that crimes against humanity have been committed by the Myanmar military against the Rohingya and other ethnic minorities and that these horrific acts were sanctioned at the highest levels of the Myanmar military chain of command”

The motion recognised that “these crimes against the

Rohingya constitute genocide. The members of parliament welcomed the recent decision of the International Criminal Court that it has jurisdiction over the alleged deportation of members of the Rohingya people from Myanmar to Bangladesh.

They called the United Nations Security Council to refer the situation in Myanmar to the International Criminal Court;

The Canadian lawmakers also called for the senior officials in the Myanmar military chain of command to be investigated and prosecuted for the crime of genocide.”

The motion received a standing ovation and was carried with unanimous consent.

About the motion, Canadian foreign minister Freeland said in a tweet on Friday, “Canada’s House of Commons unanimously adopted a motion recognising the crimes against Rohingyas as genocide and calling on the world to help them.”

“We will continue to work with partners to hold those responsible to account,” she said. “Canadians stand with the Rohingyas,” she added.


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