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e-3158 (Foreign affairs)

Petition to the House of Commons

Whereas:
  • The Myanmar military staged a coup d’etat on February 1, 2021, ignoring the will of the people of Myanmar and the outcome of the election in November 2020;
  • President Win Myint, vice president Henry Van Thio, state councillor Aung San Suu Kyi and elected members of parliament were illegally detained;
  • Public figures, political activists and Buddhist monks who are critical of the military were also detained and their status and whereabouts are unknown; and
  • The international community including Canada must act firmly to reject the coup and put pressure on our allies and Asian partners to stop providing arms to the Myanmar military.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to:
1) Condemn the military coup in the strongest terms;
2) Call for the immediate and unconditional release of all the elected officials as well as political activists;
3) Take measurable actions against the Myanmar military junta and call for the repeal of the unlawfully declared state of emergency, and respect the outcome of November 2020 election;
4) Immediately draft a law barring Canadian businesses from exporting arms and technologies to the Myanmar military that can be used against the general public;
5) Put forward a UN General Assembly resolution calling member states to address the long term threat to peace and stability of Myanmar;
6) Bar members of Myanmar military, their families and associates from pursuing education or business opportunities in Canada; and
7) Draft a motion to refer this matter to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Open for signature
February 9, 2021, at 8:45 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
March 11, 2021, at 8:45 a.m. (EDT)
Photo - Laurel Collins
Victoria
New Democratic Party Caucus
British Columbia
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