Canada accuses Myanmar of genocide against Rohingya
Canadian lawmakers have unanimously voted to declare Myanmar’s military actions against the Rohingya people a genocide.
Iran Press/ America: The House of Commons endorsed the findings of a UN fact finding mission on Myanmar that found “crimes against humanity have been committed against the Rohingya” and that these acts were sanctioned by top Myanmar military commanders.
According to Guardian, Canadian lawmakers said they “recognise that these crimes against the Rohingya constitute genocide” and urged the UN security council to refer the case to the international criminal court, while also calling for Myanmar’s generals to be investigated and prosecuted “for the crime of genocide”.
“I want to underscore how tragic, how horrific the crimes against the Rohingya are,” said Canada’s foreign minister Chrystia Freeland. “We are leading an international effort for justice and accountability for the Rohingya.
“Today’s unanimous motion is a very important step in that effort.”
Members of the Rohingya Muslim community have been killed, arbitrarily arrested, and raped by Myanmar’s forces and extremist Buddhists, who have also burned and destroyed Rohingya villages in mass arson attacks.
More than 700,000 members of the minority Muslim group have fled the state-sponsored violence to southeast Bangladesh over the past nine months.
The UN has described the campaign as a textbook example of ethnic cleansing, saying it possibly amounts to genocide as well.