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Subcommittee on International Human Rights committee  The Bangladesh border was being sealed off prior to August 25, while the Myanmar military was building up troops in the area. I just wanted to point that out, because it appears that both the Bangladeshi side and the Myanmar government were aware and were planning something that

September 21st, 2017Committee meeting

Ahmed Ramadan

Subcommittee on International Human Rights committee  I don't really have much to add to what Mr. Smith said, but I will say that they have been using this as a shield. I think one of the problems was that, because of what happened in October, there was no accountability. This was one thing about the Kofi Annan report, that he reall

September 21st, 2017Committee meeting

Ahmed Ramadan

Subcommittee on International Human Rights committee  It's a very good question. I was hoping that we would get to address this. From the beginning until now, Burma Task Force actually did put forward a memo discussing what happened in her first 100 days. She has not been silent from the beginning until now. She has been very voca

September 21st, 2017Committee meeting

Ahmed Ramadan

Subcommittee on International Human Rights committee  I'll be very brief. In regard to actual mobilization, I don't believe that would be even safe for them, but there was a letter that was released before this massacre started, and it was signed by many groups that are there in support of the Rohingya, but not in a mobilizing way

September 21st, 2017Committee meeting

Ahmed Ramadan

Subcommittee on International Human Rights committee  Thank you for the questions. They are two very important questions. Actually, on the way here I was on the phone with the chair of the Burma Task Force. He's at the Bangladesh border himself right now documenting some of what's going on. He specifically asked me to ask this com

September 21st, 2017Committee meeting

Ahmed Ramadan

Subcommittee on International Human Rights committee  Sure. The way we look at it, this is a government operation, and they have used propaganda. They have radicalized a large part of the country, although there are some sympathizers, even some who have tried to help the Rohingya who have been persecuted by the majority who have bee

September 21st, 2017Committee meeting

Ahmed Ramadan

Subcommittee on International Human Rights committee  Thank you for having me here. I'm going to get right into it because I have a lot to say and not a lot of time. Although Mr. Smith did give you some description of how bad it is there, I want to share with you testimony that was submitted at the Permanent Peoples' Tribunal and

September 21st, 2017Committee meeting

Ahmed Ramadan

Subcommittee on International Human Rights committee  Absolutely. I believe that Canada should be taking a more public and involved role. I believe Canada is probably best suited to this with our commitment to human rights and the respect that Canada commands around the world. I think any other country looks at Canada with a lot of

April 4th, 2017Committee meeting

Ahmed Ramadan

Subcommittee on International Human Rights committee  Thank you for the question. For us to be forced to operate in a way that's going to appease the military and an extreme Buddhist majority, to make them happy and to infringe on the rights of minorities, I don't think is the proper way to move forward, nor is letting them force,

April 4th, 2017Committee meeting

Ahmed Ramadan

Subcommittee on International Human Rights committee  Thank you. That's a really important question. How fair and inclusive is an election if an entire indigenous community of over 1 million people is not allowed to vote, despite the Rohingya having voted in each of the country's previous elections? How democratic is a country wit

April 4th, 2017Committee meeting

Ahmed Ramadan

April 4th, 2017Committee meeting

Ahmed Ramadan

Subcommittee on International Human Rights committee  I know that Anwar has a take on this also, but I'm going to tell you that from the research that we've done, they are not connected to any no funding from the outside world. That's one. Second of all, as an organization we condemn any use of violence. We believe in their non-viol

April 4th, 2017Committee meeting

Ahmed Ramadan

Subcommittee on International Human Rights committee  We've talked with Rohingya and human rights organizations from around the world. From all the communication that we've had, all the Rohingya whom we've been in contact with have said that they do not agree with this group's formation, its goals, and the way it wants to proceed. H

April 4th, 2017Committee meeting

Ahmed Ramadan

Subcommittee on International Human Rights committee  Thank you for the question. It's an important one. We saw the previous Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable St├ęphane Dion, send out tweets mentioning the Rohingya and his concerns. I have a few suggestions for our government that I feel might be useful. For example, ASEA

April 4th, 2017Committee meeting

Ahmed Ramadan

Subcommittee on International Human Rights committee  Thank you. I apologize for the delay and appreciate your understanding. I would really like to thank the subcommittee for inviting us here to share an update on the Rohingya crisis. My name, as you said, is Ahmed Ramadan. I'm the outreach coordinator for the Burma Task Force, w

April 4th, 2017Committee meeting

Ahmed Ramadan