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Government of Canada is urged to support “Commission of Inquiry” on Burma

By Parliamentary Friends of Burma, Canadian Friends of Burma  •  June 25, 2010

While leaders of G20 are meeting in Toronto, Parliamentary Friends of Burma (PFOB) and Canadian Friends of Burma (CFOB) are calling upon the Government of Canada and other world leaders to support an establishment of an UN’s “Commission of Inquiry” on “crimes against humanity” in Burma.

“For years, Burma’s military regime has committed grave human rights abuses that rise to the level of crimes against humanity,” said Honorable Larry Bagnell, chair of Parliamentary Friends of Burma (PFOB).

“The regime has destroyed 3000 ethnic minority villages, recruited thousands of child soldiers, used rape as a weapon of war, pressed millions of Burmese into forced labor, and forced at least 1.5 million people to flee as refugees and internally displaced persons,” Mr. Bagnell added.

More than 70 Canadian MPs and Senators (list provided below) have already thrown their support for the formation of the Commission and also called on the government to support it.

The call for “Commission of Inquiry” on Burma is getting momentum in international community with the support of government s from Australian, the United Kingdom, Czech Republic, and Slovakia.

“Being the host of G20 and G8 Summits, the Government of Canada should seize the opportunity to discuss the political and human rights situation in Burma, and ask its counterparts on the possibility of forming the Commission,’ said Tin Maung Htoo, executive director of Canadian Friends of Burma (CFOB).

Meanwhile, Burmese activists and Burma supporters are planning to join G20 protests on June 26 Saturday afternoon at the Ontario Legislative Assembly (Queen’s Park) in Toronto.

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Canadian Parliamentarians supporting for Commission of Inquiry on Burma

  1. Alan Tonks, York South – Weston
  2. Alexandra Mendés, Brossard-La Prairie
  3. Bernard Bigras, Rosemont-La petite-Patrie
  4. Borys Wrzesnewskyj, Etobicoke Centre
  5. Brad Trost, Saskatoon-Humboldt
  6. Brian Masse, Windsor West
  7. Brian Murphy, Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe
  8. Bruce Hyer, Thunder Bay – Superior North
  9. Bruce Stanton, Simcoe North
  10. Carole Lavalée, St.Bruno-St.Hubert
  11. Christiane Gagnon, Députée de Québec
  12. Claude Bachand, Saint-Jean
  13. Derek Lee, Scarborough – Rouge River
  14. Diane Bourgeois, Terrebonne – Blainville
  15. Francine Lalonde, La Pointe-de-l’Île/Foreign Affairs Critic (Bloc  Québécois)
  16. Frank Valeriote, Guelph
  17. Garry Breitkreuz, Yorkton-Melville
  18. Gérard Asselin, Manicouagan
  19. Gilles Duceppe, Leader of Bloc Québécois
  20. Hon. Anita Neville, Winnipeg South Centre
  21. Hon. Bob Rae, Toronto Centre/Foreign Affairs Critic (Liberal Party)
  22. Hon. Carloyn Bennett, St.Paul’s
  23. Hon. Geoff Regan, Halifax West
  24. Hon. Hedy Fry, Vancouver Centre
  25. Hon. Irwin Cotler, Mount Royal
  26. Hon. John McKay, Scarborough-Guildwood
  27. Hon. Larry Bagnell, Yukon/Chair of PFOB
  28. Hon. Maria Minna, Beaches – East York
  29. Hon. Marlene Jennings, Notre-Dame-de-Grâce – Lachine
  30. Hon. Peter Kent, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs (Americas)
  31. Hon. Shawn Murphy, Charlottetown
  32. Hon. Wayne Easter, Malapeque
  33. Irene Mathyssen, London-Fanshawe
  34. Jack Harris, St. John’s East
  35. Jack Layton, Toronto-Danforth/Leader of NDP
  36. James Bezan, Selkirk-Interlake
  37. Jean Crowder, Nanaimo – Cowichan
  38. Jean Dorion, Longueuil-Pierre-Boucher
  39. Jean-Yves Laforest, Saint-Maurice-Champlain
  40. Josée Beaudin, Saint-Lambert
  41. Judy Foote, Random – Burin – St. George’s
  42. Judy Wasylycia-Leis, Winnipeg North
  43. Kevin Sorenson, Crowfoot/Chair – Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs
  44. Libby Davies, Vancouver East
  45. Louis Plamondon, Bas-Richelieu-Nicolet-Bécancour
  46. Malcolm Allen, Welland
  47. Mario Silva, Davenport
  48. Meili Faille, Vaudreuil-Soulanges
  49. Olivia Chow, Trinity-Spadina
  50. Paul Dewar, Ottawa Centre/Foreign Affairs Critic (NDP)/Vice-chair(PFOB)
  51. Peter Julian, Burnaby-New Westminster
  52. Peter Stoffer, Sackville-Eastern Shore
  53. Pierre Paquette, Joliette
  54. Rob Oliphant, Don Valley West
  55. Roger Pomerleau, Drummond
  56. Senator Consiglio Di Nino, Vice-chair (PFOB)
  57. Senator Dan Lang
  58. Senator David Smith
  59. Senator Joan Cook
  60. Senator Lorna Milne
  61. Senator Lucie Pépin
  62. Senator Michel Rivard
  63. Senator Mobina Jaffer
  64. Senator Nancy Ruth
  65. Senator Percy E. Downe
  66. Senator Raynell Andreychuk
  67. Senator Tommy Banks
  68. Stephen Woodworth, Kitchener Centre
  69. Sukh Dhaliwal, Newton -North Delta
  70. Thierry St.Cyr, Jeanne – Le Ber
  71. Yves Lessard, Chambly-Borduas
  72. Yvon Lévesque, Abitibi – Baie-James – Nunavik – Eeyou
  73. John Rafferty, Thunder Bay
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