Honorary Canadian citizenship
Honorary Canadian citizenship (French: citoyenneté canadienne honoraire) is an honour whereby a symbolic form of Canadian citizenship is bestowed by the Governor-in-Council on foreigners of exceptional merit, with approval of a joint resolution by both houses of the Parliament of Canada. This honorary Canadian citizenship is purely symbolic; the recipient does not take the Oath of Citizenship and thus does not receive any of the rights, privileges, or duties typically held by a Canadian citizen.
Recipients of honorary Canadian citizenship
- Honorary Canadian citizenship revoked by Parliamentary vote
|Swedish diplomat and humanitarian.|
|2||Nelson Mandela||2001||Anti-apartheid activist, former President of South Africa, and recipient of the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize.|
|3||Tenzin Gyatso||2006||The 14th Dalai Lama and recipient of the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize.|
|4||Aung San Suu Kyi||2007||Burmese opposition leader and recipient of the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize. Revoked in 2018.|
|5||Karim Aga Khan IV||2010||49th Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims.|
|6||Malala Yousafzai||2014[a]||Pakistani women's rights and education activist, and recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.|
In response to UN allegations that the Rohingya persecution in Myanmar was a form of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya, an ethno-religious minority group in Burma, Canadian civil society groups and other protestors called for the revocation Aung San Suu Kyi's honorary citizenship. This included an online Change.org petition to the Prime Minister and the House of Commons of Canada. In 2018, the House of Commons unanimously voted to revoke her honorary citizenship.
- Received award in 2017
- "Citizenship and Immigration Canada: CP7: Waivers; 1. Waivers, 1.22. Governor-in-Council directs Minister" (PDF).
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- Government of Canada Honours Canadian Honorary Citizen Raoul Wallenberg, Department of Canadian Heritage News Release, January 16, 2003
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- "Mawlana Hazar Imam is made an honorary citizen of Canada". TheIsmaili.org. 22 June 2009. Retrieved 26 May 2010.
- "Senate of Canada - Debates". Senate of Canada. Retrieved 2017-04-12.
- CAMPION-SMITH, BRUCE; BOUTILIER, ALEX (April 12, 2017). "Malala Yousafzai has become an honorary Canadian citizen | Toronto Star". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2017-04-12.
- "Malala Yousafzai to get honorary Canadian citizenship". CBC. October 15, 2013. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
- Safi, Michael (September 11, 2017). "Myanmar treatment of Rohingya looks like 'textbook ethnic cleansing', says UN". The Guardian.
- Tang, Justin (September 17, 2017). "Protesters call for Canada to revoke Aung San Suu Kyi's honorary citizenship". The Globe and Mail.
- Abedi, Maham (October 17, 2017). "43,000 sign petition demanding Canada revoke Myanmar leader's honorary citizenship". Global News.
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