moved for leave to introduce Bill C-204, An Act to encourage accountability by Canada and the international community with respect to Sudan.
He said: Mr. Speaker, I am pleased today to reintroduce the Sudan Accountability Act, a bill that seeks to encourage accountability and enhance the role of Canada and the international community in combatting the genocide in Darfur.
On the eve of the 60th anniversary of the Genocide Convention and the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it is only appropriate that this legislation be introduced to combat the first genocide of the 21st century through targeted divestment and international initiatives. We know that more than 400,000 people have died in this genocide by attrition in Darfur, that at least four million people are on a life support system and that two million have been internally displaced and are the target of continuing assaults.
As the student posters at Darfur rallies around the globe ask: If not us, who, and if not now, when?
Even though this bill alone will not put an end to the genocide, it is a vital step that we must take immediately.