Canada has reiterated its stance for Rohingya people and has expressed grave concern about the plight of this ethnic minority in Myanmar. Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, on October 7, 2017, gave the following statement on the critical situation in Myanmar.
“Canada is deeply concerned by the plight of the Rohingya and other ethnic minorities in Myanmar. The killings and other gross violations of human rights are part of a widespread attack against the Rohingya. These are crimes against humanity—and the responsibility for ending this ethnic cleansing falls squarely on Myanmar’s military leadership and its civilian government. “said the statement.
Therefore, they demanded the safe and voluntary return of all Rohingya to their rightful homes. They also urged the Myanmar Government to ensure that no Rohingya would further be persecuted and all Rohingyas would enjoy the full equality like other Myanmar people.
Over the last month, Minister Freeland has verbally communicated with her counterparts from several countries to exert pressure together on the regime to end violence in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state.
Just a week ago, the Minister of Canada had spoken with the Commander-in-Chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing about Canada`s grave concerns and bringing an end to this ethnic cleansing.
Amid international pressure from numerous countries, Myanmar has eased down from its rigidness to prevent the entrance of any foreign party or organisation in the Rakhine state. On October 2, Canada’s Ambassador, along with UN representatives and diplomats visited the northern part of the Rakhine state.
This must be the first initiative to yield entrance to all parts of northern Rakhine for foreign officials, humanitarian and UN agencies, as well as the international press.
Minister Bibeau has approved $12.25 million in humanitarian assistance funding to trusted partners in Myanmar and Bangladesh to date to meet the needs of the most vulnerable, including the Rohingya women and youth. But the international community, including Canada, must do more as thousands of Rohingya lives are at stake.
Their plight can be expressed with these words-
"Rejected by the country they call home and unwanted by its neighbours, the Rohingya are impoverished, virtually stateless and have been fleeing Myanmar in droves and for decades." [BBC]