2nd Session, 41st Parliament,

Volume 149, Issue 50

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Honourable Noël A. Kinsella, Speaker

Burma—Human Rights

Hon. Mobina S. B. Jaffer: My question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. I understand that you may not have an answer today, but I would really appreciate it if you could give me an answer this week. My question has to do with the people of Burma and the situation facing the Rohingya. I’m very concerned because a number of Canadians fought very hard for the rights of the Burmese peoples, but the situation for the Rohingya in Burma has become unbearable.


The Rohingyas are denied food. They are not being properly given rights to be accounted for. The British government paid $10 million to the Burmese government so that the census could be taken for the Rohingya, and the president of Burma, President Thein Sein, has broken that promise and he is not going to comply with making sure that the Rohingya are counted. United human rights experts have raised alarm about the state of the Rohingya.


My question for the leader is the following: what has our government done to help the Rohingya in Burma? What support is our government giving the Rohingya?

Hon. Claude Carignan (Leader of the Government): Thank you for your question, Senator Jaffer. Since that question requires a more comprehensive answer, I will take it as notice. You asked me to get back to you this week, but I’m sure you would prefer a more comprehensive answer over a quick and incomplete one. I’ll pass your question along and will get back to you with an answer in the next few days, if possible, but more likely in the next few weeks.


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