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Canada: Call on Myanmar to End its Campaign of Violence

    Monday, January 29, 2018 - 12:39
    Fatima Khatun, 60, lies on her hospital bed in Bangladesh in October 2017
    Fatima Khatun said that she fell and broke her arm as she was running from her village.

    The Myanmar Army must end its campaign of violence in Rakhine State and put an end to crimes against humanity.

    Systematic, organized and ruthless attacks against the Rohingya people in Rakhine State have amounted to ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity. The Myanmar military killed Rohingya women, men and children; raped Rohingya women and girls; and burnt entire Rohingya villages to the ground. More than a half million Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh. Those who stayed behind are still at risk. Myanmar’s authorities are restricting their access to lifesaving humanitarian aid and assistance. The Rohingya continue to live under a system of institutionalized discrimination and segregation which amounts to apartheid.

    No one has been held to account for these atrocities. The Myanmar authorities are trying to stop the world from seeing what’s actually happening on the ground. These crimes against humanity must end and the system of apartheid must be dismantled.

    Call on Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs to demand an end to the human rights atrocities in Myanmar.

    Tell the Minister that Canada must play a role in bringing an end to the human rights atrocities against the Rohingya people, and must use all political and diplomatic tools to ensure that human rights are central to all bilateral and multilateral engagements with the Myanmar authorities.

    Ask that she insist Myanmar:

    • End the campaign of violence and crimes against humanity against the Rohingya,
    • Dismantle the system of institutionalized discrimination and segregation which amounts to apartheid.
    • Provide free and unimpeded access to Rakhine state for humanitarian actors such as the UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar, the UN - mandated Fact Finding Mission, independent journalists and human rights monitors; and ensure their security
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