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Canadian parliament declares Myanmar’s killing of Rohingya genocide

Canada’s House of Commons has unanimously voted to recognise the crimes committed by Myanmar against Rohingya Muslims as genocide this week.

In a motion, Canadian legislators said they "recognise that these crimes against the Rohingya constitute genocide" and called on the UN Security Council to refer the case to the International Criminal Court.

"I want to underscore how tragic, how horrific the crimes against the Rohingya are," said Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland. "We are leading an international effort for justice and accountability for the Rohingya."

"Today's unanimous motion is a very important step in that effort," she added.

The move from Canada’s parliament comes as the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced that it has opened a “full-fledged preliminary examination” into crimes committed against Rohingya Muslims by Myanmar’s military last week.

Earlier this year the Canadian Museum for Human Rights announced that it will be removing Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi from a display, over her government’s treatment of the Rohingya Muslims.