In response to the humanitarian and security crisis unfolding in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, our government has been exerting pressure on the regime to end the violence. To date in 2017, Canada has now contributed over $25 million in funding to meet the needs of those affected by this crisis. We are committed to helping end the violence, allow the full, safe and unimpeded delivery of humanitarian assistance, and to implement the recommendations of the Kofi Annan-chaired Advisory Commission on Rakhine State.
Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Bob Rae as Special Envoy to Myanmar. As Special Envoy, Mr. Rae will immediately engage with diplomatic efforts to address the refugee crisis in the country’s Rakhine State, and to promote accountability for alleged crimes perpetrated against vulnerable populations. Mr. Rae will also advise the Prime Minister on how Canada can best support efforts to respond to the needs of those affected and displaced by recent violence.
Ultimately, our government implores the military and civilian authorities in Myanmar to help end the violence; and Mr. Rae will engage in reinforcing Canada’s position on the need to resolve the security crisis in Myanmar.