January 19, 2017.
The Right Honourable Justin P. J. Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2
The Honourable Chrystia Freeland
Minister of Foreign Affairs
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario Canada K1A 0A6
Dear Prime Minister of Canada,
Dear Minister of Foreign Affairs,
We would like to start by thanking all Canadians that fight and that have fought for the freedom and justice of its citizens and especially for all of the efforts provided by Canadians following the aftermath of the aggression and injustices committed in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), a disaster that is known to be the worst event to have transpired in Europe since the holocaust.
The board of directors and its members, now greater than 100 international activists and members found across the globe, of the Institute for Research of Genocide Canada ask that Canada and the parliament follow the United States of America in applying and implementing sanctions (see Executive Order 13304, published January 17, 2017 by the U.S Treasury Department and Office of Public Affairs) against Milorad Dodik, President of the second entity known as the Republic of Srpska (RS) in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and leader of anti-Bosnoherzogovinian campaigns encouraging the separation of the province of Republika Srpska (RS) from the country known as Bosnian and Herzogovina. This request is being made on the account of preserving peace, progress made since the end of the war that Dodik seeks to reverse, BiH’s borders and human rights in the region by upholding the Dayton Accords and not allowing Milorad Dodik the opportunity to tempt and incite minorities in the country from going against the rules and regulations imposed by the Dayton Accord and the Conclusions of the Peace Implementation Conference held in London of December 8th and 9th, 1995.
Never should the global community turn a blind eye to these lobbyists and to the politics (and their varied forms) that started in the early 1990s that encouraged and provoked the violence and genocide to be committed from 1992-1995.
In the city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, the location of the Canadian Museum of Human Rights, we can find a permanent display describing the genocide and atrocious acts committed during the Bosnian War. In Windsor, Ontario, the first monument stands in dedication to remembering the acts committed against the people of Srebrenica, being the first monument to be erected by Bosnian diaspora. In Canadian classrooms at high schools and universities, the war in Bosnia has found its way into many lesson plans, textbooks, projects and essays. These places are proof of Canada’s influence and role in preserving peace in foreign nations and we ask that Canada take prompt action so that peace within the country can be maintained as it is today, one united, whole, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Professor Emir Ramic
Chairman of the Institute for Research of genocide Canada