Canada and the crisis in Myanmar’s Rakhine State

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Assistance for Canadians in Myanmar

Canada remains deeply concerned by the violence in Rakhine State and the displacement of more than 620,000 people into neighboring Bangladesh since August 25, 2017.

We have condemned the violent attacks of August 25, attributed to the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army. Canada has also called on the armed forces to exercise restraint and to protect all civilians. We urge the military and civilian authorities in Myanmar to do everything in their power to end the violence now, to allow the delivery of humanitarian assistance and to implement the recommendations of the Kofi Annan-chaired Advisory Commission on Rakhine State.

To date in 2017 alone, Canada has contributed over $25 million in funding to help address critical humanitarian needs in Myanmar and neighbouring Bangladesh.  In addition, Canada launched the Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund on October 31, 2017. 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. The Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund campaign period is now over. Thanks to all Canadians who donated. Your generosity is helping to save lives.

We remain committed to advancing our core values in the pursuit of democracy, human rights, freedoms, and the rule of law.

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