Kanada’da yaşayan Türk Toplumu’nu yakından ilgilendiren bir konuyu bilgilerinize sunmak istiyoruz.
Nisan ayı içerisinde, Ontario Milletvekili Aris Babikian, Ontario Yaşama Meclisi’ne sözde Ermeni, Pontus ve Süryani-Keladani soykırımı iddialarına ilişkin 94 ve 97 sayılı yasa tasarılarını sundu.
94 sayılı yasa tasarısı: Bill 94, Genocide Awareness, Education, Condemnation and Prevention Month Act, 2019
97 sayılı yasa tasarısı: Bill 97, Genocide Awareness, Commemoration, Prevention and Education Month Act, 2019
Yasa tasarıları meclise sunuldukları günden bugüne kadar, Bill 94, 1. okuma ve Bill 97, 2. okuma sürecini tamamlayıp Adalet Komitesi’ne kadar ilerledi.
Milletvekili Aris Babikian, Ontario Yasama Meclisi’nde 9 Mayıs tarihinde yapılan ikinci okumada, Yunan, GKRY ve Pontus dernekleri, Keldani Kilisesi, Alpha Education Group, Süryani Dernekleri, Rus Dernekleri, Ermeni Dernekleri, Tamil, Sri Lanka ve Ruanda derneklerini saymış, bunların meclise mektuplar gönderdiklerini söylemiş. Tasarıya destek vermek üzere PC’den milletvekilleri Vincent Ke (Nanjing soykırımı iddiaları açısından), Logan Kanapathi (Tamil soykırımı iddiaları açısından), Sheref Sabawy, Yeni Demokratik Parti’den (NDP) milletvekilleri Jill Andrew (Holokost açısından), Sol Mamakva ( Yerel Halklar soykırımı açısından), Rima-Berns-McGown (sözde Ermeni ve Pontus soykırımı iddiaları bağlamında Türkiye’nin bu iddiaları tanımamasını eleştirmiş) ve Gurrat Singh (Sikh soykırımı iddiaları açısından) söz almışlar. Oturumun sonunda yasa tasarısı Adalet Komitesi’ne havale edilmiştir.
Ekteki Canadian Hellenic Congress’in konuyla ilgili duyurusu, yasa tasarısının bizler açısından ciddiyetini ortaya koyuyor.
Babikian’ın Türk toplumuna karşı “hate speech” ve “discrimination” teşkil eden bu yasa tekliflerine toplumumuzun tepki vermesi önem taşıyor.
Ontario Bakanlarına ve milletvekillerine email ve sosyal medya uzerinden ulasarak, milletvekillerinin riding ofislerini ziyaret ederek konu hakkindaki dusuncelerimiz dile getirilebilir.
Ontario Bakanları ve Milletvekilleri ile ilgili e-mail, riding ofisi vb her türlü bilgiye https://www.ola.org/en/members/current bağlantısından ulaşabilirsiniz.
Bir email / mektup göndermek isterseniz aşağıdaki taslaktan yararlanabilir, ya da siz kendiniz bir mektup yazabilirsiniz.
GÖNDERİLEBİLECEK ÖRNEK İNGİLİZCE METİN
I would like to reach out to you urgently to share my great disappointment about an issue that has come to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario by a member of Ontario PC Caucus.
Two Private Member Bills introduced by MPP Mr. Aris Babikian, namely “Bill 94/2019, titled An Act to proclaim the month of April as Genocide Awareness, Education, Condemnation and Prevention Month” and “Bill 97/2019, titled An Act to proclaim Genocide Awareness, Commemoration, Prevention and Education Month” are nothing but carrying his narrow community agenda to Ontario Legislative Assembly. This is a selfish, selective way of presenting the issue. He only mentions issues that reflect his own community. Hiding behind an important issue such as genocide tries to paint other communities, including mine, in an unacceptable way. We do not see these as genocide. The historic facts point otherwise.
For example the British Parliament does NOT recognize the Armenian issue as genocide. The British are the ones who would know, because they were the occupying power and had access to all Ottoman archives at the time. In fact, they did open a court case in Malta after World War I, but all Ottoman officials were acquitted from any crime against humanity. While this is the case, who is Mr. Babikian to claim that Turks have committed genocide against the Armenians? We see this as discrimination against our community. The thing to do should be to try and look forward and make balanced academic research, not try to impose his own selfish and narrow agenda upon Canada and Ontario. I do not want my children to be tainted as “genocide perpetrators” and discriminated against at school.
The same thing goes for the so-called Pontic claims. The reason there are no Pontic people in the Black Sea region of Turkey today is because a population exchange took place in the 1920’s, not because there was a massacre. And, guess who proposed a population exchange during the Lausanne Conference? The Greek Prime Minister Venizelos (This is in the Lausanne Conference minutes). Would PM Venizelos have shown Turkish leader Atatürk as a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize if he believed that he had committed genocide against a Greek Christian minority? Even this is enough to show that Mr. Babikian and others’ similar claims are not true. It is exactly for this reason that the so-called Pontic genocide claims were defeated in the Canadian Senate a few months ago. And about the Assyrian-Chaldean-Syriac genocide claims from 1914-1922, what kind of information are these claims based on? Mr. Babikian is trying his luck in Ontario. He trusts that the good people and the good MPP’s of Ontario would not know better and would allow him to push these distorted claims through Parliament. I am sure you will not allow him to do that.
If he is allowed, this will cast a long shadow on Turkish-Canadian relations. It will discriminate against my Turkish-Canadian community. We are good Canadians and tax payers. We expect you to prevent this.
As the citizens of Ontario, we would like to built our common future on truth, embracing every citizen living in this beautiful province and reconciliation, rather than casting one’s ill intended, narrow interest claims.
We, therefore kindly request you to take action against Private Member Bills “94 and 97” and prevent MPP Babikian from hijacking and poisoning the culturally embracing and business friendly atmosphere here in beautiful Ontario.
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