Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
From: Ministerial Correspondence / Correspondence Ministériels (IRCC) <[email protected]ic.gc.ca>
Date: Wed, Sep 20, 2017 at 10:26 PM
Subject: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
To: [email protected] <[email protected]>
Islamic Foundation of Toronto
Dear Akbar Warsi:
The Office of the Prime Minister has kindly forwarded a copy of your correspondence of September 8, 2017, to the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, concerning the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.
I appreciate and understand the reasons that prompted you to write. Canada remains deeply concerned by the critical and worsening situation in Rakhine state and its impact on neighbouring Bangladesh.
Prime Minister Trudeau has spoken with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and conveyed his deep concerns over the situation in Rakhine State for Rohingya Muslims and other ethnic minorities. The Prime Minister also emphasized the urgent need for Myanmar's military and civilian leaders to take a strong stand in ending the violence, promoting the protection of civilians and the need for unimpeded access for the UN and international humanitarian actors.
As a member of the international community, Canada helps find solutions to prolonged and emerging refugee situations and helps emerging democracies try to solve many of the problems that create refugee populations. To do this, Canada works closely with the United Nations Refugee Agency.
Canada wants the democratically-elected government to succeed. We will support all efforts to build an inclusive, diverse and stable society in Myanmar. So far in 2017, Canada has contributed $6.63 million in humanitarian assistance to our partners in Myanmar and Bangladesh.
The Government of Canada is keenly aware of Canadians’ willingness to do more for refugees around the world and looks forward to continued collaborative efforts to further this mutual interest.
Thank you for writing and expressing your concerns. I trust that this information is of assistance.
Ministerial Enquiries Division
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