Canada and the crisis in Myanmar’s Rakhine State
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.
- November 16, 2017 - Canada and international community gravely concerned about human rights abuses in Myanmar’s Rakhine state
- October 31, 2017 - Minister Bibeau launches Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund
- October 23, 2017 - Prime Minister appoints the Honourable Bob Rae as Special Envoy to Myanmar
- On October 23, the Government of Canada announced $12 million in additional funding for this ongoing crisis. These emergency funds will be provided to humanitarian partners for a multisectoral and gender-sensitive approach that includes food, water, shelter, sanitation, health and child protection. Our support will also target the specific needs of women and girls including sexual and reproductive health services and support for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence.
- October 20, 2017 - Statement following visit to Rakhine state of Canada’s Ambassador to Myanmar
- October 16, 2017 - Canada marks World Food Day with additional support to feed Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh
- October 7, 2017 - Canada gravely concerned with deteriorating situation in Myanmar
- October 4, 2017 - Myanmar/Bangladesh: Canada responds to United Nations appeal with additional humanitarian assistance
- October 2, 2017 – Statement on the diplomatic trip to Northern Rakhine
- September 26, 2017 – House of Commons Emergency debate on the situation in Myanmar (please consult the Emergency Debate tab in the Table of Contents)
- September 22, 2017 – Canada concerned about restrictions on humanitarian access in Rakhine state, Myanmar
- September 18, 2017 – Canada’s statement at Human Rights Council on Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar
- September 15, 2017 – Myanmar: Canada provides additional humanitarian assistance for displaced persons in Bangladesh
- September 13, 2017 – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi of Mya
- September 7, 2017 – Canada calls for action on critical situation in Myanmar
- September 5, 2017 – Canada deeply concerned by ongoing situation in Myanmar
- September 1, 2017 – Canada condemns escalating violence in Myanmar
- August 25, 2017 – Mission Level statement following attacks against police and security forces in Northern Rakhine
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