The UN Special Rapporteur to Myanmar has stated that for decades, the Rohingya have been a target of violent campaigns and systemic discrimination due to their ethnicity and religious beliefs;
That the 1982 Citizenship Law of Myanmar denies Rohingya their basic civil and political rights and has rendered the Rohingya stateless;
That due to their status as non-citizens, the Rohingya are restricted from attending universities, worshipping in mosques, accessing healthcare, and acquiring stable employment;
That since August 2017, more than 670,000 Rohingya fled from their homes in Rakhine State due to Myanmar’s military violence;
That sexual violence as reported by The United Nations, Human Rights Watch, and Médecins Sans Frontières, among numerous organizations is used as a weapon of war against the Rohingya; and
That the UN Special Rapporteur to Myanmar, Bob Rae, and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights have both stated that the events in Rakhine State bear the hallmarks of genocide and have called for accountability.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to take into consideration the allegations of genocide as defined in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), to work with the international community to initiate and fund an investigation into these allegations of genocide against the Rohingya in accordance with Bob Rae’s recommendation in “Tell Them We’re Human”, and to ensure that those responsible are prosecuted under international law.
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