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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting No. 21
Thursday, June 16, 2016, 3:44 p.m. to 5:32 p.m.
Presiding
Hon. Robert D. Nault, Chair (Liberal)

• Garnett Genuis for Hon. Tony Clement (Conservative)
• Marco Mendicino for Marc Miller (Liberal)
Library of Parliament
• Allison Goody, Analyst
• Brian Hermon, Analyst
 
House of Commons
• William Stephenson, Procedural Clerk
The Committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to Committee business.

It was agreed, — That in relation to the studies of Women, Peace and Security and the Canadian Government's Countries of Focus for Bilateral Development Assistance, the proposed budget in the amount of $131,487.08, for the Committee’s travel to Guatemala and Colombia in the summer and fall of 2016, be adopted.

It was agreed, — That in relation to the Subcommittee on International Human Rights' study of Canada’s Global Engagement on Human Rights Issues, particularly through the United Nations (UN) and its Agencies, the proposed budget in the amount of $34,486.77, for the Committee’s travel to New York City in the fall of 2016, be adopted.

It was agreed, — That in relation to the Subcommittee on International Human Rights' study of the role of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights as a center of expertise in past achievements in Canada’s contribution to international human rights, and in highlighting existing Canadian initiatives to enhance our effectiveness in that field, the proposed budget in the amount of $22,454.00, for the Committee’s travel to Winnipeg, be adopted.

It was agreed, — That in relation to the Subcommittee on International Human Rights' study of Canada’s Global Engagement on Human Rights Issues, particularly by exchanging with the human rights committees in the U.S. Congress, the proposed budget in the amount of $31,707.91, for the Committee’s travel to Washington, D.C., be adopted.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Subcommittee on International Human Rights on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, the Committee commenced a study of the current human rights situation of the Rohingya in Myanmar.

The Committee commenced consideration of a draft report.

It was agreed, — That the draft report be adopted.

It was agreed, — That the report be entitled: Sentenced to a Slow Demise: The Plight of Myanmar's Rohingya Minority.

It was agreed, — That the Chair, Clerk and analyst be authorized to make such grammatical and editorial changes as may be necessary without changing the substance of the report.

It was agreed, — That, pursuant to Standing Order 109, the Committee request that the Government table a comprehensive response to the report.

ORDERED, — That the Chair present the report to the House.

It was agreed, — That the analysts and the Clerk, in consultation with the Chair, prepare a news release for publication on the Committee's website and for distribution upon presentation of the report to the House.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, the Committee resumed its study on women, peace and security.

The Committee resumed consideration of a draft report.

At 5:08 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 5:13 p.m., the sitting resumed in public.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Thursday, June 16, 2016, the Committee commenced its study of the crimes against religious, ethnic and other groups in Syria and Iraq.

Motion

Marc Miller moved, — That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Committee report the following immediately to the House:

a) that the House recognize that there is strong evidence that the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has committed and is committing war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide against religious, ethnic, and other groups in Iraq and Syria, including Yezidis, Shia and Sunni Muslims, Christians and members of the LGBTQ2 community;

b) that the Government of Canada continue its efforts to have these atrocities properly investigated and, where appropriate, referred to the International Criminal Court to formally determine the existence of genocide and to bring the perpetrators of these crimes to justice; and

c) that the Government of Canada and the international community continue their efforts to combat ISIL as well as help protect these vulnerable populations.

Debate arose thereon.

Amendment

Peter Kent moved, — That the motion be amended by replacing the words “that the House recognize that there is strong evidence” with the words “that given the House of Commons of the United Kingdom, the United States House of Representatives, the European Union and the United Nations have also recognized the actions of ISIS as genocide, that the House recognize”.

Debate arose thereon.

The question was put on the amendment of Peter Kent and it was negatived, by a show of hands: YEAS: 3; NAYS: 5.

The question was put on the motion and it was agreed to, by a show of hands: YEAS: 6; NAYS: 3.

At 5:32 p.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Angela Crandall
Clerk of the Committee

 
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