Canada becomes the second country in the world to recognize Russia’s actions in Ukraine as genocide. Estonia becomes first country to recognize Russia’s actions in Ukraine as genocide
Hours ago, Lawmakers of Canada unanimously vote to recognize Russia’s actions in Ukraine as genocide. Canadian members of Parliament said there was “ample evidence of systemic and massive war crimes against humanity”.
American President Joe Biden had earlier accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of being a war criminal and a butcher. Though the United States is yet to officially recognize that, President Biden has been very clear on that.
House of commons unanimously adopted a motion on April 27, 2022 for this purpose. Member of Parliament Heather McPherson who championed the decision said she hopes the move will further push the Canadian government to do more to hold Russian Federation accountable for its actions in Ukraine.
Canada has already imposed sanctions on Russia which caused Russian government to ban Prime minister Justin Trudeau from entering the country. Read more:What does Biden and Trudeau ban from Russia mean for students?
“Today, every MP in the house of commons supported my motion to recognize that the Russian Federation is committing genocide against the Ukrainian people” Heather McPherson tweeted on his page.
The statement from Canadian Parliament says “there is a clear and ample evidence of systemic 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”
The statement also said the war crimes include “1. mass atrocities in the invaded and occupied Ukrainian territories
2. Systematic instances of willful killing of Ukrainian civilians and the desecration of corpses
3. Forcible transfer of Ukrainian children to the Russian territory
4. Torture and the imposition of life conditions, causing grave suffering
5. 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”