On September 26th, we held an emergency debate in the House of Commons on Myanmar’s campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya people.
Myanmar has persecuted the Rohingya for decades, denying them citizenship and basic freedoms. The military and extremists have now raped and killed thousands of Rohingya, burned villages to the ground, and triggered a mass exodus of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya into Bangladesh. Over 200 Rohingya villages now stand empty.
Below is a video of my remarks. I have linked speeches from my fellow MPs in the comments section. The text of my speech can be accessed here.
Prime Minister Trudeau has appointed Bob Rae as special envoy to Myanmar (CBC News article).
Bob Rae is a true stateman and an excellent choice to help lead our efforts to address Myanmar’s atrocities and resulting humanitarian crisis.
Our government has also committed an additional $12 million (now over $25 million) to help those affected in Myanmar and Bangladesh.
Today, our government launched the Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund to support experienced Canadian and international humanitarian organizations providing emergency relief to more than 900,000 Rohingya refugees and other persecuted minorities.
For every eligible donation made by individuals to registered Canadian charities between August 25 and November 28, 2017, the Government of Canada will contribute an equivalent amount to the Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund.
More information on the Relief Fund and a list of registered Canadian charities can be found on the official Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund website.