Canada Parliament passes motion declaring Myanmar treatment of Rohingya Muslims as genocide

Ottawa: Endorsing the findings of a United Nations mission that outlined how crimes against humanity have been committed by the Myanmar military against Rohingya and other minorities, Canada’s Parliament has unanimously adopted a motion declaring crimes committed against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar to be genocide.

Calling the declaration as a significant milestone, human rights observers lauded the move. Canadian foreign affairs minister Chrystia Freeland in Washington applauded members of Parliament for passing the motion.

Some 700,000 Rohingya crossed into Bangladesh after the Myanmar security forces’ crackdown against Rohingya. The UN report alleged widespread rights violations, including rape, murder, torture and the burning of Rohingya homes and villages.