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Human rights activists and organizations give Canadian government a failing grade in year end report card on lack of action to the Rohingya genocide

 
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Human rights activists and organizations give Canadian government a failing grade in year end report card on lack of action to the Rohingya genocide

December 21, 2017.
 
Actions by the Canadian government in response to the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar have been given a failing grade in a year-end report card by human rights activists and organizations in Canada. Members of the Rohingya Human Rights Network contend that the actions of the Canadian government to address the Rohingya genocide unfolding in Myanmar have been wholly inadequate, other than in the area of providing emergency humanitarian aid to Rohingya refugees.  “If the actions of the Canadian government to help the Rohingya were a university course in how to protect human rights and oppose genocide then Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his government would justifiably be receiving a grade of ‘F’ for the semester,” said Ottawa-based human rights activist Fareed Khan. Khan noted that since atrocities against the Rohingya by Myanmar came to light at the end of August Canadian human rights activists have been calling on the Canadian government to take decisive action to help the Rohingya, including to take leadership on the world stage on this issue.

“The Canadian government’s response on the crisis to date has been a failure and has done nothing to protect  the Rohingya from the genocide agenda of the Myanmar government,” Khan added. According to Prof. John Packer, Director of the Human Rights Research Centre at the University of Ottawa, “The largely ‘wait and see’ approach that Canada has taken makes no sense in terms of the crisis  the Rohingya are facing and less sense in terms of the decades old genocidal agenda of the Myanmar government.”  He went on to say that  “Canada’s lack of decisive action on this issue either reflects impotence or absence of serious will.” Rohingya Human rights activists and organizations graded the Canadian government in response to the following areas calling for action to help the Rohingya:

●Canada unequivocally condemn atrocities committed by Myanmar's military and state-supported nationalist groups who have committed crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing and what amounts to genocide against the Rohingya -- GRADE “F”.The Canadian government has yet to condemn the leaders of Myanmar in unequivocal terms despite repeated requests.
●Canada  work with international partners to bring Myanmar’s military and civilian leaders to justice for their crimes against humanity and genocidal policies targeting the Rohingya  - GRADE  “F”.Canada has done nothing to bring charges against the military and civilian leaders of Myanmar – or even initiate investigations – for their  genocidal policies against the Rohingya.
●Canada take leadership in the United Nations and internationally to impose an arms embargo on Myanmar -- GRADE “F”.Canada has shown no leadership either at the UN or internationally to institute an arms embargo on Myanmar.
●Canada work with international agencies and our allies to create a safe haven for the Rohingya in their homeland under the United Nations doctrine of “Responsibility to Protect” -- GRADE “F”.Neither Canada nor any other nation has called on the UN to implement the Responsibility to Protect doctrine.
●Canada work with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee  and leaders of other nations to address the humanitarian crisis in Bangladesh --GRADE  “B+”.This has been the only area in which the government has responded adequately to requests by  activists.
●Overall grade – GRADE  “F”. Since September almost 46,000 people have signed a petition calling on the Canadian government to take decisive action on the Rohingya crisis, and tens of thousands more have been lobbying the government in an email  campaign.  The crisis has resulted in more than 625,000 Rohingya refugees fleeing to Bangladesh for safety, over 300 Rohingya villages being wiped off the  map by the Myanmar military,  tens of thousands of Rohingya women being gang raped, and tens of thousands of innocent Rohingya men, women and children massacred by Myanmar military forces or associated vigilante groups. Other individuals and organizations that support this assessment of the Canadian government's lack of action on the Rohingya genocide include:

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