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Minutes of Proceedings

42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 150
Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 8:46 a.m. to 9:40 a.m.
In Camera
Michael Levitt, Chair (Liberal)

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• Brian Hermon, Analyst
• Scott McTaggart, Analyst
The Committee proceeded to the consideration of matters related to Committee business.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Committee commenced its study of the situation in Sri Lanka.

At 8:54 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 8:56 a.m., the sitting resumed.

It was agreed, — That the Committee:

1. Extend its condolences to all the victims of violence and war in Sri Lanka;

2. Condemn the recent violence targeting Muslims in Sri Lanka and calls on the Government of Sri Lanka to increase efforts to combat hate and extremism, while respecting fundamental human rights;

3. Call on the Government of Sri Lanka to promote justice for those affected by the Easter Sunday attacks, protect the rights of religious minorities, and defend all places of worship;

4. Reaffirm Canada’s call for Sri Lanka to implement its obligations within a clearly specified time frame, as mandated under the UN Human Rights Council Resolutions 30/1 and 40/1; and re-affirm Canada’s support in advancing accountability, peace, and reconciliation among all peoples on the island;

5. Call upon the United Nations to establish an international, independent investigation into allegations of genocide against Tamils committed in Sri Lanka, including the last phase of the armed conflict in 2009; and

6. Report this motion to the House and, pursuant to Standing Order 109, request that the government table a comprehensive response to this report.

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), the Committee proceeded to a study of the human rights situation in Iran.

At 9:11 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 9:17 a.m., the sitting resumed.

At 9:25 a.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 9:35 a.m., the sitting resumed.

It was agreed, — That, pursuant to Standing Order 108(2), and based upon the witness testimonies of May 9, 2019, the Committee report to the House the following:

1. That the Committee call on the Government of Canada to list the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist entity under the Criminal Code and consider implementing targeted sanctions against individuals responsible for gross violations of human rights in Iran under the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act (Sergei Magnitsky Law);

2. The Committee expresses its solidarity with, and concern for, the health and well-being of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who is on hunger strike in Evin prison, and of Mr. Richard Ratcliffe, who is on hunger strike outside the Iranian embassy in London, United Kingdom;

3. Additionally, the Committee calls for the immediate release of all political prisoners and other persons who have been arbitrarily detained in Iran; and

4. Pursuant to Standing Order 109, the Committee requests that the government table a comprehensive response to this report.

At 9:40 a.m., the Committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.

Erica Pereira
Clerk of the Committee