Date :Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 | Time : 08:26 |ID: 72829 | Print

Canadian MPs vote to strip Myanmar leader of honorary citizenship

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SHAFAQNA-The Canadian parliament has voted unanimously to strip the honorary citizenship of Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar leader, in response to the genocide of the Rohingya Muslims.

In 2007, the House of Commons granted Aung San Suu Kyi the status of honorary Canadian citizen,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Adam Austen. “The House unanimously passed a motion to remove this status.”

The Commons reaffirmed a motion passed last week recognizing that “the crimes against humanity committed against the Rohingyas constitute a genocide” and consequently voted to strip Suu Kyi of her citizenship, which was given to her in 2007.

The motion referred to the independent United Nations investigation into alleged human rights abuses carried out against the Rohingya Muslims.

A UN report published earlier this month called for Myanmar’s military leaders to be investigated and prosecuted for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes — and found that Suu Kyi failed to use her “moral authority” to prevent the abuses in Rakhine State, CNN reported

Our government supported this motion in response to her (Ms Suu Kyi’s) continued failure to speak out against the genocide of the Rohingya, a crime being committed by the military with which she shares power,” said Mr Austen.

Since last year, a reported number of at least 700,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar following a campaign of mass killings and other atrocities against the Rohingya people.

Canada’s Senate must now pass a similar motion for the citizenship to be officially revoked, according to Canadian state broadcaster CBC.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told CBC that the gesture would do little to ease the suffering of the Rohingya.

Whether she has citizenship or not, it doesn’t help the Rohingya in any degree,” he said Thursday.

“Parliament granted her citizenship, Parliament can take it away. But we’re focused on helping the millions of people who are suffering either in place or as refugees.”

The vote to strip Ms Suu Kyi of honorary citizenship does not have an immediate effect because it must be removed by a joint resolution of both the House and the upper Senate chamber.

Mr Austen added that Canada: “will continue to support the Rohingyas by providing humanitarian assistance, imposing sanctions against Myanmar’s generals and demanding that those responsible be held accountable before a competent international body”, INDEPENDENT reported.

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