CBC: Baird makes landmark visit to Burma
"Minister Baird will go to Burma to reaffirm the importance of freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law. While we're not at a point of lifting sanctions, we want to make sure advances made are not reversible," the official said. More
Postmedia: John Baird to meet Aung San Suu Kyi on historic visit
"Canadian Friends of Burma executive director Tin Maung Htoo said Baird should ask Myanmar's leaders to release 500 political prisoners currently in custody, declare a nationwide ceasefire, and repeal laws used to oppress democracy activists." More
CTV News Channel: What will the visit mean?
"Tin Maung Htoo with Canadian Friends of Burma says the visit by Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird will further encourage the ongoing political reform in the country." More
20th Anniversary of Canadian Friends of Burma
Canadian Friends of Burma (CFOB) celebrated its 20th anniversary on February 29th , 2012 in Ottawa. The day began with a mass seminar at Carleton University with a live video conversation with Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and wrapped up with a celebration at the National Arts Centre (NAC). Speeches of Minister Jason Kenney and MP Olivia Chow can be watched here
Current Campaigns and Actions
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) is investing in many companies that are connected to Burma. We are especially concerned with some companies investing in Shwe Gas and China-Burma Pipeline Project due to serious concerns about human rights abuses connected to the development of the project. Take action!
Urge your MPs and Senators to join the Parliamentary Friends of Burma (PFOB) - re-launching the parliamentary friendship group is now underway. Please urge your MPs and Senators to join PFOB. CFOB has been working with MPs and Senators from all political parties in Canada since 1990s. Please download the info sheet here.
Join the call for the release of ALL political prisoners in Burma. More than 500-600 political prisoners still remian in prison! We can't forget that many of the unjust laws which saw these people imprisoned are still in effect, and those released over the past few months could be jailed again at any time as there is still not a truly democratic system in place in Burma. Campaign postcard can be downloaded here or sign online petition
Canadian Ambassador Ron Hoffmann presenting Carleton University's honorary doctorate degree to Aung San Suu Kyi. He also presented another doctorate degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Photos Slideshow
“I deeply appreciate the award of Honorary Canadian Citizenship. Canada has never faltered in its support for the democracy movement in Burma for which I am very grateful.”
“I have always felt a particular closeness to Canada because of my French-Canadian mother-in-law who was always proud to be Canadian and always kept her Canadian passport through living in England for over 60 years.
"I look forward very much to the day that conditions in Burma will allow me to be free to visit Canada myself and thank the Canadian people in person. Thank you very much.”
Canada imposed 'toughest' economic sanctions towards Burma
The new sanctions include:
ban all goods exported from Canada to Burma, except humanitarian goods
ban all goods imported from Burma into Canada
Freeze assets of any designated Burmese connected with the Burmese State
Prohibit the provision of Canadian financial services to and from Burma
prohibit the export of any technical data to Burma
ban new investment in Burma by Canadian persons and companies
prohibit Canadian-registered ships and aircraft from docking or landing in Burma
prohibit Burmese-registered ships or aircraft from docking or landing in Canada or passing through Canada