"Tell them we’re human" What Canada and the world can do about the Rohingya crisis

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Thursday, May 17th, 2018

Thursday, May 17, 20182:00PM - 4:00PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, 1 Devonshire Place (Devonshire Pl. & Hoskin Ave.)
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Bob Rae, Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to Myanmar, discusses his report on the humanitarian crisis in Bangladesh and Myanmar. Rae engaged in extensive research, travel and meetings with key interlocutors from October 2017 to March 2018 to assess the violent events of August 2017 and afterward that led more than 671,000 Rohingya to flee their homes in Rakhine State, Myanmar, and seek refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh.

His report focuses on four themes: the need to combine principle and pragmatism in responding to the serious humanitarian crisis in both Myanmar and Bangladesh; the ongoing political challenges in Myanmar; the strong signals that crimes against humanity were committed in the forcible and violent displacement of more than 671,000 Rohingya from Rakhine State in Myanmar; and the clear need for more effective coordination of both domestic and international efforts.*

Jacques Bertrand, Director of the Collaborative Master’s Specialization in CESEAS, will chair and discuss the report. He is leading a new collaborative project on ethnic minorities and decentralisation in Myanmar, funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). This project follows a previous, four-year research initiative on federalism, democratization and ethnic minorities in Myanmar, funded by the United States Institute of Peace.

*-Text adapted from:


Mayumi Yamaguchi


The Honourable Bob Rae
Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to Myanmar

Rachel Silvey
Opening Remarks
Richard Charles Lee Director, Asian Institute Professor, Department of Geography

Jacques Bertrand
Director, Collaborative Master's Specialization in Contemporary East and Southeast Asian Studies
Professor of Political Science


Asian Institute

Global Migration Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs

Centre for Southeast Asian Studies

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