16 June 2015: “All States have a duty to uphold democratic principles and Canada is no exception to that rule. Selective application of such principles is a highly hypocritical approach to adopt, particularly in light of its own Truth and Reconciliation Commission which declared that the Canadian Government had committed “cultural genocide” against its own people”. says FM Dunya
Foreign Minister Dunya further said that “Canada should address the cultural genocide it is alleged to have committed against native Canadians before trying to teach other nations about values of democratic principles and human rights”. The Minister made the remarks in response to the statement from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Development of Canada today.
Canada’s own Truth and Reconciliation Commission issued its report last month which declared that the Canadian Government had committed “cultural genocide” against its own people.
The Maldives welcomes constructive engagement with members of the international community, and acknowledges that democratic principles, as well as principles of accountability, is an obligation on all states. Canada, and all nations are reminded however that such principles are universal, they do not have a selective application. Canada is therefore reminded of its own obligations towards these aims.
“The Maldives values all of its partnerships, and seeks to ensure that they are based on principles of mutual respect and constructive engagement in achieving its future objectives. We would encourage Canada to show good faith and engage positively with the Government”, said Minister Dunya.
Link to the report by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission