International, Society

Release of Myanmar journalists lauded by UN, human rights groups

After more than 500 days behind bars, Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were pardoned and released from prison in Myanmar on May 7, 2010. The UN human rights office praised the release but said a “very dire» 

International, Politics

Canadian parliament votes to revoke Aung San Suu Kyi’s honorary citizenship

Canada’s parliament voted unanimously Thursday to pass a motion revoking the honorary Canadian citizenship of Myanmar’s de facto civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The motion introduced in the House of Commons by Bloc Quebecois MP Gabriel Ste-Marie reiterated the» 

International, Politics

Canadian parliament votes unanimously to recognize Rohingya genocide

Canada’s parliament unanimously adopted a motion Thursday recognizing the brutal crackdown against the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar as an act of genocide. The motion introduced in the House of Commons by Liberal MP Andrew Leslie, the parliamentary secretary to» 

International, Politics

Canada to discuss North Korea and Rohingya crisis at ASEAN meeting in Singapore

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland plans to discuss security threats posed by North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs and Myanmar’s brutal crackdown on its Rohingya Muslim minority during her three-day visit to Singapore later this week, according to Global Affairs» 


Canada dismayed by Myanmar court ruling against Reuters journalists: Freeland

Canada is deeply concerned by a Myanmar court decision on Monday charging two jailed Reuters journalists with obtaining secret state documents and moving the landmark press freedom case into its trial stage after six months of preliminary hearings, said Foreign» 

International, Society

Myanmar military must be prosecuted for atrocities: Amnesty International

‘A highly orchestrated, systematic attack’ A comprehensive report by Amnesty International details crimes against humanity committed by Myanmar’s military against the Rohingya population, and says top military brass must face justice. The crimes include murder, rape, torture, burning and forced» 

Immigration & Refugees, International, Politics

Canada pledges $300M to Rohingya crisis, but remains vague on resettlement

Canada is pledging $300 million in foreign aid over the next three years to help the persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority fleeing a brutal campaign of ethnic cleansing in their native Myanmar, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and International Development Minister» 

Immigration & Refugees, International

With monsoon coming UN appeals for continued support for Rohingya refugees

As humanitarian agencies in Bangladesh race against the clock to prepare one of the world’s largest refugee camps for the onslaught of the upcoming monsoon season, they are calling for more support from international donors such as Canada to scale» 

International, Politics

Canada should take leadership role in Rohingya crisis, says Bob Rae

Canada should take a leadership role in responding to the current crisis affecting the Rohingya minority by stepping up its humanitarian and development efforts in Bangladesh and Myanmar, Canada’s special envoy to Myanmar, says in his final report. “Canada’s response» 

International, Society

Myanmar budgets for fence to keep Rohingya out

While Canada’s special envoy has urged Myanmar to allow the safe return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees, Myanmar has approved about $15 million to build a fence and other projects on the border through which they fled. About»