The Rohingya crisis in Myanmar – October 1, 2017

The Rohingya crisis in Myanmar – October 1, 2017


In October, the government appointed Bob Rae to the role of special envoy to Myanmar. In his first report in December, Rae highlighted the how the crisis has disproportionately affected Rohingya women, who have been subjected to sexual violence and abuse by the Myanmar military. Rae is set to return to region in the next month before releasing his final report.

In December, Minister of International Development Marie-Claude Bibeau announced the final tally for the Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund, a program where the government will match the $12.5 million donated by Canadians registered charities. With this matching donation, the government will have committed more than $37.5 million in 2017 to help those affected by the crisis.

The Rohingya crisis in Myanmar – October 1, 2017

This week on Perspective with Alison Smith: The Rohingya crisis in Myanmar

Alison speaks to Poppy McPherson, a journalist based in Yangon, Myanmar, about the recent torrent of violence in Rakhine state and the conditions in the refugee camps in Bangladesh.

Anwar Arkani, founder and president of the Rohingya Association of Canada, shares the tragic stories the Canadian Rohingya community are hearing from back home and pleads with the current Canadian government and international community to do more address the situation.

Azeem Ibrahim, senior fellow at the Center for Global Policy and author of “The Rohingyas: Inside Myanmar’s Hidden Genocide”, speaks to Alison about the history of persecution the Rohingya have endured and describes Aung San Suu Kyi’s role in the current conflict as “a shield between the military and the international community.”

Alison speaks to Matthew Smith, Executive Director of Fortify Rights, a human rights organization in Southeast Asia, about human rights abuses the group has documented recently in the country’s Rakhine state.