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View Denis Trudel Profile
BQ (QC)
I will repeat my question.
If Mr. Trudeau were in front of you, if he were at the meeting tonight, what would you want to say to him?
Kidane Gebremariam
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Kidane Gebremariam
2022-06-21 19:49
Thank you for that question.
Actually, we have been trying for the Prime Minister of Canada to take concrete action, and one of these actions would be to stop funding Ethiopia with the bilateral aid. That aid, that taxpayers' money, is going to buy armaments—weapons. That's the first thing.
The other thing is, of course...I don't know the word, but for instance, in the United States, they use the AGOA, the African Growth and Opportunity Act. The Americans stopped that. Because of that, Abiy Ahmed seemed to listen. I think if there was similar action in Canada by the Canadian government, I think Abiy would listen. Otherwise, I don't think he could care less.
As I said earlier, this is a deliberate action. He says to the international community one thing, but he does different things. There is no communication. There is a communication blockade.
I think that's the important thing. Thank you.
View Sameer Zuberi Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Gebremariam.
Now, as our final questioner, we have Ms. McPherson from the NDP.
View Heather McPherson Profile
NDP (AB)
Thank you again for your testimony tonight. It's been very important.
I'm going to ask a series of quicker questions, just to make sure we get a few things on the record.
I met with Roméo Dallaire, who, of course, worked in Rwanda for the Canadian military. I asked for a meeting with him, because I wanted to find out what we were seeing in Tigray and where that echo would have happened in Rwanda. We've heard testimony about some of the words that have been used and some of the ways that people have been targeted.
He talked about child soldiers. Of course, he is a champion in the field of preventing child soldiers. He said that child soldiers were being used, and that if we saw examples of child soldiers being used in the conflict in Ethiopia, it was a clear indication that genocide was taking place or about to take place.
Do any of you know anything about child soldiers being used in Tigray right now?
Gugsa Wekneh
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Gugsa Wekneh
2022-06-21 19:52
Actually, no, but if it happens, I wouldn't be surprised. The reason is that if, in front of him, his sister is killed, his mum is raped, his dad is killed, and then he goes and picks up anything, whatever he can or she can, I wouldn't be surprised.
But, no, there is absolutely no evidence pointing to that.
Kidane Gebremariam
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Kidane Gebremariam
2022-06-21 19:52
Can I answer that question a little bit, to add to what Gugsa said?
View Heather McPherson Profile
NDP (AB)
And I mean those not being used by the Tigrayans but by the government.
Kidane Gebremariam
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Kidane Gebremariam
2022-06-21 19:53
Yes.
First of all, there is no access for investigation. If there is no investigation, how could we say that no child soldier has been used? Because of that blockade, it is a possibility. The likelihood is that child soldiers have been used, but we don't have the facts. In order to get the facts, we are asking that the UN-appointed investigation commission be allowed to investigate in Tigray, and not only in Tigray but anywhere in Ethiopia.
View Heather McPherson Profile
NDP (AB)
Certainly that's something we can call for as parliamentarians. The government has already said that they would not participate in that examination or would not allow it, but we certainly could be pushing the government to do that, as the strings attached to bilateral aid.
There is another question that I have very quickly.
There has been some mention of Canadian mining companies in the area—in Eritrea, in the Tigrayan region. Do you think that there is any tie between Canada's corporate interests and the lack of action on Tigray?
Kidane Gebremariam
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Kidane Gebremariam
2022-06-21 19:54
We think that is the case. Otherwise, why is Canada not taking any action? Canada is known for its feminist.... I mean, the Government of Canada, the Prime Minister, repeatedly say that it's a feminist government. Given the fact that there are thousands and thousands of women being raped, why is the Canadian government not taking concrete action?
I think that will lead to an investigation, a foreign interest investigation, but we think that money, that lucrative money, might be the reason Canada is not supporting or taking any action.
View Heather McPherson Profile
NDP (AB)
View Sameer Zuberi Profile
Lib. (QC)
These are the closing moments, really.
View Heather McPherson Profile
NDP (AB)
Thank you very much.
View Sameer Zuberi Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you so much to all the witnesses for being here, and to the community and diaspora for being here in support.
To those in the back, we recognize your presence and, more than that, the time you're taking to support the four who are speaking on behalf of the community. Your presence is powerful. The fact that you are here supporting those who are speaking says a lot about what they are presenting to all of us over here. For that, please know that your words are powerful.
More than that, there is wind in your sails. We've all heard from colleagues that Tigray is an issue that we must shed more light on. We've been approached organically about this. The wind is in your sails. We wish you strength in your advocacy. We wish you everything that's good.
We'll conclude this and suspend for five minutes. We're going to go into a closed session to take care of the business of our committee. We have five minutes. I ask that members and staff be here after that, but you have five minutes to mix and mingle.
Thank you again for being here.
[Proceedings continue in camera]
View Randeep Sarai Profile
Lib. (BC)
I call this meeting to order.
Welcome to meeting number 25 of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. Pursuant to the motion adopted on February 8, the committee is resuming its study on the government's obligations to the victims of crime.
Today's meeting is taking place in a hybrid format pursuant to House Order of November 25, 2021. Members are attending in person in the room and remotely using the Zoom application. The proceedings will be made available via the House of Commons website.
For those on Zoom, you have a choice at the bottom of your screens of either the floor, English or French. For those in the room, you can use the earpiece and select the desired channel.
Before I welcome the witnesses, I want to give my condolences to Ms. Neville-Lake on the understanding of the passing of her husband. On behalf of the entire committee, I want to give my condolences to her. She's not going to be appearing today.
To the witnesses coming forward, I know this is a very sensitive and personal subject for you guys, so take your time on it—although I will ask you to stay within the five-minute parameters. I have little cue cards that I will raise when there are 30 seconds remaining. When your time's up, I would ask you to conclude. Other than that, I don't like interrupting if I don't have to.
In the interest of time, because we've started a little late due to votes and member statements for the opposition House leader, we will do two 45-minute rounds and will try to go to 6. I don't have unanimous consent, but I should have it. I think we're just looking for a filler for somebody, so we should be able to go to that.
Beginning in our first round, we have the Honourable Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu, Senator. Thank you.
We have, from the Families for Justice, Markita Kaulius, president. I think you're online, yes. I believe you're from Surrey, if I'm right. Welcome from my hometown.
We also have Holly Lucier, paralegal, and from the Women's Law Association of Ontario, Jennifer Gold, lawyer and director of the board.
We will begin with Senator Boisvenu for five minutes.
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