Canada calls for action on critical situation in Myanmar


September 7, 2017 - Ottawa, Canada - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement on the situation in Myanmar:

“Canada remains deeply concerned by the critical and worsening situation in Rakhine state and its impact on neighbouring Bangladesh.

“Appreciating their shared responsibility to lead the fledgling democracy of Myanmar, Canada firmly reminds State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and the military leadership of their duty to work together and act responsibly in the face of the current humanitarian crisis.

“The violence must end now. The Rohingya should be respected and recognized in the country. To deny their rightful place in Myanmar only weakens the democratic vision Aung San Suu Kyi has fought so hard for throughout her life.

“Canada wants the democratically-elected government to succeed. We will support all efforts to build an inclusive, diverse and stable society in Myanmar. Canadians expect that human rights for the Rohingya—and all other ethnic groups—will be protected.

“The Government of Canada urges the authorities in Myanmar to work together and take measures to protect all civilians from ongoing violence. We welcome the civilian government of Myanmar’s efforts to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance. Canada continues to call for the full, unimpeded resumption of humanitarian assistance activities.”


Adam Austen
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs

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