Canada has adopted a fresh set of strategies to respond to Rohingya crisis, focusing on the needs of women and girls in the aspects of human rights and gender equality.
Additionally, it will dedicate significant funding – $300 million over three years – to address the region’s humanitarian, development, and stabilisation needs, says a press release issued from the High Commission of Canada in Dhaka today.
Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, unveiled the strategies based on recommendations highlighted in the final report of Bob Rae, Trudeau’s special envoy to Myanmar.
Four areas of action will be addressed, which are: humanitarian crisis in Bangladesh and Myanmar, political situation in Myanmar, question of accountability and impunity, and effective coordination and cooperation.
“Canada will not stand idle while hundreds of thousands of people – Rohingya communities and other minorities – suffer gross human rights violations,” Trudeau said.
“We share a global responsibility to respond to this crisis. We commend others who have acted in a compassionate and generous way, especially the Government of Bangladesh and host communities in the region who continue to provide safe refuge to their neighbours in need.”
“We will continue to step up to protect human rights, and promote inclusion, respect for diversity, and security for all, while working towards sustainable peace and true reconciliation in Myanmar,” he added.