April 12, 2019
OTTAWA, ON - Garnett Genuis, Deputy Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, issued the following statement today on the removal of dictator Omar al-Bashir by the Sudanese military:
"We congratulate the Sudanese people for their continued courage, seeking political change through the ending of the dictatorship of Omar al-Bashir. We hope to see a civilian administration in place as soon as possible, in keeping with the aspirations of the Sudanese people.
"I wrote to Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland back on April 1st asking the government to support the Sudanese people in their quest for freedom and justice. While Sudan expects to hold elections two years from now, Canada can engage the international community in supporting the improvement of human rights and political freedom for the Sudanese people.
"Canada should also call on Sudanese authorities to enforce the 2009 International Criminal Court arrest warrant against Omar al-Bashir for charges of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. Bringing al-Bashir to justice will send an important message to human rights violators and potential human rights violators around the world that they will be held accountable for their crimes.
"Canadians recognize that the Sudanese people deserve a transition process that is fully aligned with the principles of freedom, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law."