The Rohingya crisis is currently the most pressing humanitarian issue;
Close to 800,000 members of the predominantly Muslim Rohingya minority in Myanmar have been forced to flee to Bangladesh to escape persecution;
Eighty per cent of these refugees are women and children, who have been subjected to murder, sexual violence including gang rape, arson and constant, overwhelming, oppression inflicted by the Myanmar military on top of long-lasting and systematic discrimination including loss of citizenship by the Government of Myanmar; and
Canada, as a global humanitarian leader has a responsibility to stop genocide and protect persecuted and endangered minorities.
We, the undersigned, Citizens and Residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:
- Hold an emergency debate in the House of Commons on the Bob Rae report;
- Invoke the Genocide Convention, to which both Canada and Myanmar are States Parties, necessitating international action;
- Impose and enforce full sanctions against the Myanmar regime and military;
- Immediately evacuate the Rohingya refugees from the Bangladesh refugee camps at risk for cyclones and mudslides;
- Urgent transfer by helicopters and rescue boats to safer lands is required;
- Insist on the establishment of a Task Force to document evidence of international crimes (including genocide) and hold the Government of Myanmar accountable; and
- Facilitate the resettlement of at least 10,000 Rohingya refugees in Canada.
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