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04 Apr

Special Envoy to Myanmar Bob Rae Delivers Report on Rohingya Crisis

April 4, 2018 | By |

The Distinguished Senior Fellow provides 17 recommendations in “Tell Them We Are Human.”

Prime Minister Trudeau’s Special Envoy to Myanmar Bob Rae released his report on the Rohingya crisis on April 3, 2018. Over 670,000 Rohingya Muslims have been forced to flee the Rakhine state in Myanmar for neighbouring Bangladesh by the Buddhist government, led by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

The report lists 17 recommendations, from asking the Canadian government to develop a multi-year funding program of $150 million for humanitarian and relief efforts in Myanmar and Bangladesh to creating a Rohingya Working Group within the federal government in order to ensure a “whole of government” response to the issues.

“Our first obligation is to protect lives. Meeting this obligation will require presence, perseverance, and patience: presence because we cannot cede the entire terrain to those whose commitment to individual freedom and the rule of law has been found badly wanting; perseverance because our efforts will be met with resistance, denial, and at times a refusal to engage; and patience because it will take longer and will require more effort than we currently appreciate. There are no guarantees of success, and many lives are still in the balance. But one thing is certain: if we fail to try, the results will be far worse than if we make the necessary effort.”

Read the report,Tell Them We Are Human, here.