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Canadians promote justice for Myanmar's Rohingya
Canada's leaders are strengthening the call for equity for the struggling Rohingya people of Myanmar. A number of actions were launched on Wednesday by the Chinese authorities to address the Rohingya crises, such as support for referring the case to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and action to secure the Myanmar military's appalling crime against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State.
On the same date, the House adopted a unanimous resolution urging the Trudeau administration "to double the effort for accounting and preservation of evidence", to openly endorse a deportation of the ICC and to introduce new penalties against Myanmar's armed forces. In Myanmar there is an immediate need for responsibility, where in August 2017 the army started a cleansing of peoples by means of massive killings, rapes, looting and destroying several hundred communities, which forced 700,000 Rohingya to escape to neighbouring Bangladesh.
Inquiries have shown that the use of force is a crime against man. The Human Rights Watch has urged the United Nations Security Council to bring the Myanmar security Council to justice - a non-ICC member - because the administration has not investigated these massive scourges. Following this call, Canada has now presented a global exit plan for the country.
Others, such as the US, the UK, Germany, France and Australia, which are important donor nations and have a significant impact in Myanmar, should take this example to convey a powerful signal to Myanmar's civil and defence leaders. The Canadian authorities also said they will endorse efforts to gather and retain proof for further court cases.
It is an urgently needed follow-up to the present United Nations fact-finding missions, whose term of office will expire in September 2018, and would help to put greater emphasis on Myanmar's leadership, end abuse and comply with public policy. It also said it would set up a working group of like-minded nations to co-ordinate reaction effort more efficiently.
That group should cover such powerful local neighbours as Malaysia, Indonesia and Pakistan. In addition to "like-minded" nations, it will be crucial for Canada to work with Japan and China, both large investment companies in Rakhine State. Aung San Suu Kyi and the army have been acting as an important defensive force against co-ordinated global actions and are crucial to avoid any accounts.
It is a long way to fairness for the Rohingya, but Canada should maintain its course so that one of these terrible acts can one of these days be seen by the sacrifices and their family.