Presenting Petitions: Humantarian Aid for ISIL Victims & Casualities Gaza

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP):

    Mr. Speaker, I have two petitions to present today.

    The first petition is from Londoners, from both the Christian and Muslim communities, who are very upset, concerned and dismayed by the brutal arrival of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in northern Iraq, which has seen the further marginalization of Christians. In Mosul, all Christians were given an ultimatum to leave or face death or conversion. They have abandoned their homes. Those unable to leave for health reasons have been forced to convert.

    These Canadians are calling on the Government of Canada to highlight the plight of Iraqi Christians, and use all diplomatic and humanitarian efforts to assist them in their plight. They are also calling on the Government of Canada to assist other like-minded governments and organizations engaged in this effort to stop the suffering of Iraqis, and to work with all governments and organizations currently engaged in humanitarian and diplomatic assistance.

    Mr. Speaker, the second petition is in regard to the civilian casualties in Gaza.

    The petitioners respectfully support the call by the UN human rights commission for an independent, international commission of inquiry to investigate the conflict in the occupied Palestinian territories, and whether it has been conducted in accordance with international law, including the Geneva conventions.

    Palestinians are still recovering from the carnage of 2008 and 2012, and ask all MPs to speak up about this issue.