Friday, 29 April 2022 19:00
Estonian Life No. 17 2022
April 27, 2022. OTTAWA, ON. The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) welcomes the unanimous recognition by Canada’s House of Commons that the “Russian Federation is committing acts of genocide against the Ukrainian people.”
The motion, introduced by Heather McPherson (MP, Edmonton-Strathcona) was adopted by the House of Commons unanimously.
“In unanimously recognizing that Russia is committing genocide against the Ukrainian people, our House of Commons has taken an important step in ensuring that the perpetrators will be brought to justice. The unanimous adoption of this motion by our Members of Parliament demonstrates that the Canadian people stand with the people of Ukraine,” stated Alexandra Chyczij, National President of the UCC. “We are grateful to Member of Parliament Heather McPherson for introducing this motion, and to all MPs for supporting it. The UCC will continue to work with the Parliament, the Government and all parties to ensure that the Ukrainian people have the tools they need to prevail in this unjust war and that the Russian officials responsible for genocide face retribution and punishment for their crimes.”
The motion adopted by the House states:
That, given that:
a) there is clear and ample evidence of systematic and massive war crimes and crimes against humanity being committed against the people of Ukraine by the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, directed by President Vladimir Putin and others within the Russian Parliament; and
b) the crimes committed by the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation include:
(i) mass atrocities in the invaded and occupied Ukrainian territories,
(ii) systematic instances of willful killing of Ukrainian civilians and the desecration of corpses,
(iii) forcible transfer of Ukrainian children to the Russian territory,
(iv) torture and the imposition of life conditions causing grave suffering,
(v) widespread instances of physical harm, mental harm and rape,
the House recognize that the Russian Federation is committing acts of genocide against the Ukrainian people.