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December 5, 2016 – City Council affirm its recognition of the Nanjing Massacre 市议会肯定承认南京大屠杀

Moved by: Councillor Jim Karygiannis           _________________________

Seconded by: Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam  _________________________

On December 13, 1937, the Imperial Japanese army captured Nanjing, the capital city of the Republic of China during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The Imperial Japanese Army conducted a six-week campaign where an estimated 300,000 people, including young children were tortured, raped, and murdered.

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This dark period in history is seldom discussed, yet the legacy of these atrocities live on in the memories of survivors and it continues to have a deeply felt impact in many Asian societies, including Toronto’s diverse Asian communities.

In 2008, the Toronto District School Board, the largest school board in North America, passed a unanimous motion encouraging the teaching of the atrocities of the Nanking Massacre and Japanese Military Sexual Slavery in their schools.

The City of Toronto can play a key role in raising public awareness by affirming its recognition of the Nanking Massacre, as a crime against humanity, in honour of the men, women and children who died.

Honouring the individuals that lost their lives and educating the public of these atrocities is necessary to promote understanding and peace. Toronto is home to Canada’s largest Chinese and Asian communities, some of whom survived the Japanese occupation of China during WWII and recall the atrocities that took place during this period.

Recommendation:

Councillor Jim Karygiannis, seconded by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, recommends that:

  1. City Council recognize the Nanjing Massacre as a crime against humanity and to honour the memory of the men, women and children who died.

December 13 and 14, 2016

 

动议通知

市议会肯定承认南京大屠杀

 

提出动议:詹嘉礼议员                  _________________________

 

附议: 黄慧文议员        _________________________

在第二次中日战争期间,1937年12月13日,日本帝国的军队占领了中华民国的首都南京。日本帝国军队进行了为期六周的屠杀活动,估计有300000人,包括儿童,他们被折磨、强奸和杀害。

这段黑暗时期在历史上很少被讨论,然而这些暴行却遗留在幸存者的记忆中,以及深深地影响着许多亚裔社会,包括多伦多不同的亚裔社区。

 

2008年,多伦多教育局——北美最大的教育局一致通过了一项动议,支持教师在他们学校进行南京大屠杀暴行及日本军妓的教学。

 

多伦多市府提高公众意识并发挥关键作用,肯定承认南京大屠杀是反人类的罪行,尊重并纪念被杀害的男人、妇女和儿童。

 

尊重失去生命的个人,以及教育公众了解这些暴行对促进谅解及和平是非常必要的。多伦多是加拿大最大的华裔及亚裔社区,当中更有些人经历了二战时期日本占领中国并有着在此期间发生暴行的回忆。

动议:

詹嘉礼议员动议,并得到黄慧文议员的附议: 

  1. 市议会肯定承认南京大屠杀是反人类的罪行,尊重并纪念被杀害的男人、妇女和儿童。

20161213日和14

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