The Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar have been termed by the United Nations as the most persecuted minority in the world;
The Rohingya of Myanmar are victims of ethnic cleansing, rape, violence and constant persecution in their homeland;
More than 100,000 Rohingyas are in camps for Internally Displaced Persons where they face poverty, violence and persecution;
To escape violence and persecution, many thousands of Rohingyas have fled to neighbouring countries such as Bangledesh that are ill-equipped to care for them; and
Canada is a country that stands for human rights and the protection of persecuted and endangered minorities.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to do all that is in its power to help the Rohingya Muslim community, including to put pressure on the Government of Myanmar to fulfill its moral and legal obligation to ensure the safety of its Rohingya Muslim minority, to pressure the Government of Myanmar to allow humanitarian assistance and international NGOs to reach Rakhine state and those Rohingya in camps for internally displaced persons, to arrange for a visit to Rakhine from the Canadian Ambassador to Myanmar, to view the situation first-hand and report back to the Government, to provide increased assistance and support for those countries which are housing Rohingya refugees, as well as for Rohingya in IDP camps, and to support the commission led by former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan studying the situation in the Rakhine state.
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