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Rohingya in Peril: Crisis in Myanmar

For Immediate Release: Dr. Maung Zarni, Long-Time Burmese Human Rights Activist And Rohingya Campaigner At Toronto City Hall To Speak About Crisis In Myanmar

TORONTO, November 22, 2017 – For the first time ever, democracy activist and Rohingya campaigner Dr. Maung Zarni will be joined by the Honourable Bob Rae, Ahmed Ramadan, Burma Task Force, Ahmed Ullah, The Canadian Rohingya Development Initiative, and Toronto City Councillors Kristyn Wong-Tam and Neethan Shan at Toronto City Hall on Thursday, November 23rd at 6:00pm for a rare and essential conversation about the crisis in Myanmar.

The event is free and open to public.

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In recent months, Myanmar’s persecution of Rohingya Muslims has been condemned by the United Nations as ethnic cleansing. Over 620,000 people have been uprooted and accounts of violent atrocities have been heavily documented. As the situation on the ground worsens, there is an urgent need for Canada to act.

What​: Rohingya in Peril: Crisis in Myanmar
When​: Thursday, November 23, 2017 at 6:00pm
Where​: Council Chambers, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. West

Keynote: Dr. Maung Zarni, Democracy Activist & Rohingya Campaigner
Special Guest: The Honorable Bob Rae, Canada’s Special Envoy to Myanmar
Speakers: Ahmed Ramadan, Burma Task Force and Ahmed Ullah, The Canadian Rohingya Development Initiative
Hosts: Toronto City Councillors Kristyn Wong-Tam and Neethan Shan

Interviews available upon request.

"My country that calls itself Buddhist has been engaged in the slow-burning genocide of Rohingya people over the last four decades.  I greatly appreciate the City of Toronto showing compassion for the persecuted Muslims in Western Myanmar.  I hope Canada at large will lead the fight to end the genocide." Dr. Maung Zarni, Democracy Activist & Rohingya Campaigner

"A genocide is taking place in Myanmar against the Rohingya people. It is time for the world to show its willingness to step up to end the persecution of the Rohingya people, who are a minority that has been suffering for 40 years. They are asking for citizenship back to its ancestral homeland." Ahmed Ramadan, Burma Task Force

"Residents in Toronto come from everyone single corner of the planet, including the Rakhine state in Myanmar. The Rohingya genocide is a humanitarian crisis and Toronto being the most diverse city in world can play a unique role in facilitating dialogue for awareness, diplomacy and peace. That's why we are hosting this event at City Hall." –Kristyn Wong-Tam, Toronto City Councillor

"There is a lot more we can do as a City to bring public and political attention towards the genocide taking place in Myanmar. All levels of government must speak out and take actions immediately. That's why I call on the Canadian government to increase aid, to bring accountability and to commit to brokering peace and establishing justice for Rohingya Muslims." Neethan Shan, Toronto City Councillor

Media contacts:

Lisa Brody Hoffman, Office of Toronto City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam
Email: lisa.hoffman@toronto.ca
Phone: 416-970-3606

Ahmed Ramadan, Burma Task Force
Email: ahmed.r@justiceforall.org
Phone: 416-402-3008

About Dr. Maung Zarni
A long-time Burmese human rights activist, Dr. Maung Zarni is a Non-resident Research Fellow with the Documentation Center of Cambodia. He has organized international conferences on the plight of Rohingyas at the London School of Economics (2014), Harvard University (2014), Norwegian Nobel Institute and Oxford University (2015), and initiated the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal on Myanmar. He taught sociology of education at National Louis University in Chicago, and he has held teaching, research, leadership and visiting fellowships at the Rockefeller Foundation, Georgetown, UCL Institute of Education, Oxford, LSE, University of Malaya, University of Brunei, and Harvard. Maung Zarni holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and an MA from the University of California at Davis.

For more information:

​Burma Task Force End the Persecution of Rohingya: www.burmataskforce.ca.
The Canadian Rohingya Development Initiative: www.rohingya.ca
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