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Myanmar/Ottawa, May 19 (Canadian-Media): Canada's federal government had been urged by a group of Canadian aid workers to take fast action on some of the recommendations made in a report on the Rohingya crisis by Bob Rae, Canada’s special envoy to Myanmar, media reports said.
The wait had been unacceptable, said the group Canadians in Support of Refugees in Dire Need (CSRDN) at a news conference in Toronto on Friday.
“We must lead the international community. The inaction is unbelievable,” said CSRDN co-chair Dr. Aliya Khan.
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Bob Rae, the former premier of Ontario and Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) had presented his recommendations in April.
Khan said that it has been six weeks since the government released a report from Rae outlining the crisis, yet no actions had been taken.
A spokesperson for Global Affairs Canada said that “we are examining these recommendations and will have more to announce very soon.”
Global Affairs had stated that Canada had provided $45.9-million for aid partners to deliver life-saving and gender-responsive support for displaced refugees and communities since the beginning of 2017.
This included $12.5-million for the Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund that matched the generous contributions Canadians made last year.
Numerous deaths, along with the rapes of many women and young girls in August last year resulted from the latest attacks by the Myanmar military .
An additional 700,000 Rohingya people, as a result, had to seek refuge in Bangladesh camps.
According to official reports on May 25 it will be nine months since these attacks, meaning that the impregnated women and girls were delivering babies in extremely unsanitary conditions.
Almost 60 babies a day were being born, many of whom are at risk of abandonment, infection and death, a report released by the United Nations said
Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, said in an e-mailed statement:
“I agree with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, who has described the campaign against the Rohingya as a ‘textbook case of ethnic cleansing’ and who has stated that he ‘has strong suspicions that acts of genocide may have taken place in Rakhine State since August.’”
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Freeland should reportedly go further and invoke the United Nations Genocide Convention, said John Packer, a University of Ottawa professor and director of the university’s Human Rights Research and Education Centre.
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Washington, Mar 8 (Canadian-Media): The Library of Congress (LOC) Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Programs will bring together prominent leaders in the field of accessibility for a discussion LOC reports said.
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LOC -- the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office -- is the world’s largest library and offers on-site and online access to the creative record of the United States (US) and extensive materials from around the world.
The “International Disability Rights and Inclusive Society Through the Arts” discussion will be held Thursday, March 29, at 11:30 a.m. in room 119 of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE Washington, DC. The event is free and open to the public.
In this event LOC will highlight its current practices towards patrons and staff who have disabilities and its efforts to include people with disabilities in the arts and entertainment.
Travis Painter, Interpreting Services Program manager at the Library, will introduce the speakers, who are listed below:
Judy Dixon -- the 2005 recipient of the Francis Joseph Campbell Award from the American Library Association (ALA) and the 2009 recipient of the American Foundation for the Blind's Gallagher Award for his outstanding role model to people with vision loss -- is the consumer relations officer at the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLSBPH) at the LOC.
Besides publishing numerous articles, she edited the volume "Braille into the Next Millennium," published by the NLSBPH in 2000.
Betty Siegel is director of VSA and Accessibility at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
National and international disability, arts and education programs overseen by her including the VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education conference; the VSA Network of organizations engaging in disability arts and education; and the Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) network of cultural arts administrators which address access to cultural experiences.
Kerry Thompson is founding executive director of Silent Rhythms, a nonprofit established in 2008 to improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities through inclusion in the arts.
Beth Ziebarth, current director of the Smithsonian Institution’s accessibility program, develops and implements accessibility policy and guidelines for the Institution’s 19 museums, the National Zoo and nine research centers.
She also makes sure that the Smithsonian’s 30 million annual visitors experience a welcoming environment that accommodates individuals of all ages and abilities.