RE: Emergency Debate Transcript and Motion Approved
by House of Commons
Please find attached the transcript from the Emergency Debate which took place in the House of Commons yesterday, January 27, 2014 regarding the Situation in Ukraine. In addition, the following motion was approved unanimously by the House of Commons yesterday:
Text of a motion tabled by Conservative MP James Bezan and passed in the
House of Commons Monday, Jan. 27, 2014:
That this House:
Condemns the draconian law that was adopted in Ukraine on January 17, 2014 that severely limits the right of Ukrainians to peacefully organize, assemble or protest;
Recognizes that such a law undermines freedom and democracy in Ukraine;
Condemns the Ukrainian government’s use of violence and threats of legal action against the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church for helping peaceful protesters;
Expresses condolences to the friends and families of those who lost their lives at the hands of the Ukrainian security forces on January 21, 2014;
Calls upon the Ukrainian government to bring those responsible for these acts of violence and repression to justice;
Continues to call for Ukrainian security forces and government to refrain from the use of violence and respect the people of Ukraine’s right of peaceful protest;
Urges the Government of Canada, in collaboration with like-minded nations, to consider all options, including sanctions, to ensure that the democratic space in Ukraine is protected;
And that this House stands united with the Ukrainian people, who believe in freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
To read the entire Emergency Debate script – please click here.