Canada pledges $300 million in aid to Rohingya Muslims

Ottawa (UNA-OIC) � Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau announced that his government has allocated $300 million over the next three years to meet the humanitarian and development needs of the Rohingya Muslim minority.

"The grave humanitarian and security crisis in Myanmar is a global tragedy, which has led more than 717,000 Rohingya to flee their homes in Rakhine State and seek refuge in neighboring Bangladesh," Trudeau said in a statement Thursday.

He unveiled Canada's strategy to step up its response and meet the needs of those displaced and most vulnerable. This comprehensive strategy is based on recommendations highlighted in the final report from the Prime Minister's Special Envoy to Myanmar, the Honorable Bob Rae.

"Canada will lead on several initiatives, including those to improve living conditions of Rohingya refugees in camps and settlements. We will support efforts to bring perpetrators of gross human rights violations to account, and to achieve a political solution to the plight of the Rohingya and other ethnic minorities in Myanmar," said Trudeau, adding: "We will also help coordinate international efforts to address the crisis."

Canada will dedicate significant funding � $300 million over three years � to address the region's humanitarian, development, and stabilization needs in a coordinated and timely way, he continued.

The prime minister pointed out that Canada was one of the first countries to respond to the crisis, and remains one of the top humanitarian donors.

Source: International Islamic News Agency