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House of Commons unanimously votes to revoke Aung San Suu Kyi’s honourary Canadian citizenship

The parliamentary secretary reads a statement calling for the killings of Rohingya in Myanmar to be called a "genocide." The House of Commons voted unanimously to approve the motion on Thursday.

MPs have unanimously endorsed a Bloc Quebecois motion to revoke the honorary Canadian citizenship of Myanmar’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.

The vote followed Thursday’s question period and came one day after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said it was up to Parliament to decide whether to strip the honour given to Suu Kyi in 2007.

READ MORE: House of Commons unanimously votes to call Myanmar Rohingya killings a genocide

Suu Kyi has been widely criticized for not speaking out against the atrocities being committed against her country’s Rohingya people.

There is no formal procedure required for making someone an honorary citizen – it is a purely political decision – but precedent has been set for a joint resolution to be passed by the House of Commons and Senate in order to grant someone the honour.

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U.N. says Myanmar generals must be tried for genocide against Rohingya Muslims
U.N. says Myanmar generals must be tried for genocide against Rohingya Muslims

Last week, the House of Commons unanimously adopted a motion to recognize the crimes against the Rohingya as genocide and to endorse a UN fact-finding mission outlining crimes against humanity by the Myanmar military.

The extensive report documented the systematic targeting of civilian Rohingya by the military, including mass gang rape, sexual slavery and the razing of hundreds of villages.

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