November 7, 2018


OTTAWA, ON – The Hon. Michelle Rempel, Shadow Minister for Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, issued a statement regarding the government’s decision to shut down debate on a motion to adopt the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration’s recommendations regarding Yazidi genocide survivors:

“Today, Canada apologized for turning away the M.S. Saint Louis, which carried hundreds of Jewish refugees fleeing persecution. In doing so, we remember and acknowledge the results of failing to respond to genocide.

“If ‘never again’ means anything, we have to take action when genocide occurs. Canada’s Conservatives have implored the Trudeau government to adopt the recommendations in the Immigration Committee’s report Road to Recovery: Resettlement Issues of Yazidi Women and Children in Canada. In response, the government shut down debate and did not even allow Parliament to have this important discussion.

“The Trudeau government is clearly failing to live up to its commitment to Yazidis. We are once again calling on the Liberals to take immediate action in response to the Yazidi genocide by acting on the following recommendations:

  • Implementing the recommendations found in the June 2016 United Nations report entitled They Came to Destroy: ISIS Crimes Against Yazidis;
  • Reviewing processing times in Canada for asylum claims of victims of genocide; by requesting that the Government of Iraq, and the United Nations if necessary, monitor and report on the progress, if any, being made regarding the return of ethnic and religious minorities to their places of origin in northern Iraq;
  • Providing support for the investigators mandated through UN Security Council Resolution 2379 to support domestic efforts to hold ISIS accountable for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide, and by;
  • Supporting family reunification for resettled Yazidis in Canada by indefinitely extending the one year window of opportunity for them to include immediate family members found to be living; define family members in the same way as those claiming asylum through exemptions to the safe third country agreement; and expedite the processing of these applications to take no longer than 30 days.”

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