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Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, we will continue to push for access to the state of Rakhine for independent, fact-finding missions to tell us what is happening and what is going on. We need to rely on their testimony. We need to rely on their findings. As the hon. member knows, the label “genocide”

October 18th, 2017House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my hon. colleague for raising this important matter. I share his deep concern. Every human deserves dignity and respect for their rights. What is happening right now in the state of Rakhine in Myanmar is horrendous. About 600,000 Rohingyas have

October 18th, 2017House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Justice  Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize a member of my Mississauga Centre MP youth council. Alice Zheng volunteers with the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted. When I first met Alice, she told me that in 2014, 80 organizations from several countries had come togethe

October 6th, 2017House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Afghanistan  Mr. Speaker, I stand with determined resolve to mark a difficult anniversary. Joshua Boyle and his wife, Caitlan Coleman, have been held hostage by the Haqqani network in Afghanistan for five years. It is an unspeakable ordeal. Joshua, Caitlan, and their two children, born in cap

October 4th, 2017House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Human Rights  Mr. Speaker, once again I want to thank my colleague for his intervention and his passion on this issue. We welcome suggestions and ideas on how we can do a better job in confronting this horrific situation. There is no justification for what the Rohingya are facing. There is m

September 25th, 2017House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Human Rights  Mr. Speaker, I once again want to applaud my colleague for raising this issue. He and I have had various conversations and exchanges on this important topic in the chamber, and I applaud him for his passion on this issue. We can tell from his speech that this comes from a deeply

September 25th, 2017House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Foreign Affairs  Mr. Speaker, our government is seized by the unacceptable persecution of the Rohingya people in Myanmar and is actively engaged on this file. The Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs have raised this at the highest levels, including with Aung San Suu Kyi and Kofi An

September 19th, 2017House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Consular Affairs  Mr. Speaker, our government has raised the case of Mr. Badawi at the highest levels of the Saudi government. We continue to ask for clemency, so he can be reunited with his family. I have had the opportunity and the privilege of meeting with his wife on multiple occasions. I hav

June 19th, 2017House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Attack in London  Mr. Speaker, last night, on one of their holiest nights of the year, Muslim worshippers were attacked in London when a van drove into an unsuspecting crowd. We unequivocally condemn this terrorist attack and express our sympathy to those affected. People are scared and are lookin

June 19th, 2017House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Foreign Affairs  Mr. Speaker, our government, myself included, has raised the case of Mr. Badawi at the highest level with the Saudi government. We will continue to ask for clemency for Mr. Badawi. We appeal, for humanitarian reasons, to see Mr. Badawi reunited with his family. I want to take a m

June 9th, 2017House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Foreign Affairs  Mr. Speaker, our government has been consistent. Human rights promotion is a pillar of our foreign policy. Everywhere we go, every time we meet with government officials, our ambassadors, our heads of missions around the world, are promoting human rights and calling for equal rig

June 9th, 2017House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Foreign Affairs  Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and pursuant to Standing Order 32(2), I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the treaties entitled “Convention on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-operation in Respect of Pare

June 5th, 2017House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Islamic Relief Canada  Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate Islamic Relief Canada on 10 years of success, growth, and accomplishments. IRC is a humanitarian organization that provides assistance to the most needy at home and abroad. In Canada, they were there for Fort McMurray after the wildfires

June 5th, 2017House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Consular Affairs  Mr. Speaker, as the minister earlier stated, our government is very engaged on this file. We have raised this matter at a very high level with the Chinese authorities. Our consular officials are constantly meeting and offering assistance to Mr. Chang, Ms. Lu, and their family, an

June 1st, 2017House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal

Consular Affairs  Mr. Speaker, the case of Mr. Chang and Ms. Lu deserves much more dignity and respect than it is receiving from this opposition member. We are treating this case with great seriousness, and our government has been engaged on this file. I personally spoke with Amy last October. Our

June 1st, 2017House debate

Omar AlghabraLiberal