September 24, 2018 – STAND Canada, Canada’s only youth-led, anti-genocide, non-profit organization applauds all Members of Parliament for voting unanimously to recognize the crimes and violence against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, also known as Burma, as genocide.
The motion follows an international condemnation of these atrocities by endorsing the findings of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on Myanmar that crimes against humanity have been committed and sanctioned by the Myanmar military.
Over 700,000 Rohingya have fled to neighboring Bangladesh where they are treated as illegal immigrants and left stateless. Despite these alarming reports, the government of Myanmar as well as de facto leader and Nobel Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi continue denying their role in the violence. According to the latest UN report from August, around 10,000 Rohingya have perished as a result of increased military violence since August 2017.
In response to this motion, STAND encourages Canadians to contact their Member of Parliament to thanking them for voting to recognize the crimes of genocide in Myanmar as well as reminding them that words can only go so far. Our Members of Parliament must put their words into action in order to stop the ongoing violence against the Rohingya. Perpetrators must be held accountable for their role in committing direct and indirect acts of violence.
Update: Several days after this motion was passed, another motion was passed by all Members of Parliament to revoke Aung San Suu Kyi’s honorary Canadian citizenship. STAND Canada once again applauds this decision by our elected representatives in Parliament. Our support to condemn Aung San Suu Kyi’s inaction to use her power and authority to help the Rohingya is in line with the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on Myanmar report. We would like to thank the Member of Parliament, Gabriel Ste Marie, who represents the riding ofJoliette (Quebec) for proposing this motion. We would also like to thank Andrew Leslie, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, who represents Orléans (Ontario) for introducing the motion to recognize the atrocities in Myanmar as a genocide.
STAND Canada (formerly Students Taking Action Now: Darfur) advocates to make preventing and ending genocide a cornerstone of Canadian domestic and foreign policy. We are a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to providing Canadians with the educational and advocacy tools they need to take action toward a world without genocide. Myanmar is one of our focus regions. In 2017, we launched an action alert to call on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to condemn Myanmar’s military on camera. In 2018, we launched a campaign in support of the Rohingya Muslims called #JusticeforRohingya. Please visit https://www.standcanada.org/conflict-regions/myanmar/ to learn more about our policy research on the genocide against the Rohingya.