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Burma’s Drug Situation

burma & drugsCanada’s international reputation as a defender of human rights plummeted during the summer of 1999 when Foreign Minister Lloyd Axworthy’s remarks that he was prepared "to engage with the Burmese" on the crisis of illegal heroin exports from Burma, was widely quoted in Thai and Canadian media.

It became clear he meant Canada would abandon its policy of no contact with the regime, to meet with its members on the issue of drugs.

Mr. Axworthy made his comments in Bangkok at a press conference with Thai Foreign Minister Surin, now chair of ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations), after the post ministerial conference of the ASEAN-Asian Regional Forum July 1999.

But the foreign minister seemed to retreat from this plan soon after he returned to Canada. CFOB told the minister of wide opposition to such a weakening of Canada’s policy.

drugs in burmaThe military junta has consistently used the drug issue in attempts to gain international support and approbation. However, it is the junta that it responsible for the massive increase in drug production since 1988. Not only is the junta extensively involved in supporting and protecting the drug industry, but senior members of the SPDC are direct beneficiaries. The junta is also protecting some of the worlds’ most wanted drug lords. Outside attempts, in the past, by the US and UN to reduce either failing outright or being twisted into use by the junta.

There can be no success in eliminating Burma’s criminal drug trade until there is a return to democracy. But as long as the international community, including Canada, continues to do business with Burma, thus helping to prop up the regime, so long will democracy in Burma be delayed.

Press Releases/Statements and News

Burma Parliamentary delegation expected in Canada

CFOB statement on latest communal violence in Burma

What more can Canada do in Burma? - Tin Maung Htoo

Burma’s Kachin seek Canadian support

Staying true for human rights for all - Rebecca Wolsak

Why Inter Pares is wrong on Burma - Tin Maunng Htoo

CFOB concerned with Kachin conflicts in northern Burma

CFOB 2012 Annual Report released!

Statement on CFOB AGM on Dec. 15, 2012

Burmese Civil Society Organizations Dismayed by Inter Pares

CFOB AGM on Dec. 15 in Toronto

Minister Jason Kenney to Meet with Prominent Buddhist Monk

CFOB in Crisis with Rohingya in Burma

Baird Concerned about Renewed Violence in Rekhine State

Burmese Foreign Minister Queitly Visited to Canada

CFOB Policy Statement: “Navigating the thaw: Burma-Canada Relations in 2012 and beyond”

Over 70 Canadians and Burmese activists cleared from 'Blacklist'

Revised: Canada Calls for Peaceful Solution in Arakan state of Burma

Advocating humanitarian assistance to Kachin IDPs in Burma

Parliamentary Testimony with Aung Din (USCB)

Parliamentary Testimony with Tin Maung Htoo (CFOB)

Minister Kenney Surprises Burmese Community with Announcement

Minister Jason Kenney to meet with Burmese community leaders in Toronto

Policy Consultation on Burma

Burma Day - Celebrating 20th of CFOB

Long-time Burma supporter Brian John passed away

CFOB pleased by prisoners release but more reform needed

CFOB Welcomes Fine For Firm That Illegally Exported Plane to Burma

CFOB Welcomes U.S Secretary of States Visit to Burma

CFOB Saddend by the Loss of Jack Layton

Cross Canada bike ride for Burma reaching to final destination

Ivanhoe received US$103 million from Burma's copper mines

Burmese President accepts credentials of Canadian Ambassador to Burma

Aung San Suu Kyi supports UN commission of inquiry on Burma

Transfer of Ivanhoe's Burmese assets to weapons firm must be probed

Canada Sends Best Wishes to Aung San Suu Kyi on Her Birthday

66th Birthday Events of Aung San Suu Kyi in Canada

Suu Kyi to be honored on Canada Day in Côte Saint-Luc

Cross-Canada Bike Ride for Burma

Suu Kyi addresses to Conference on ‘Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict’

New Burmese Ambassador to Canada: a messenger for new regime in Burma?

Media coverage on detained Canadian in Burma

Suu Kyi to deliver video message at Carleton University

Carleton University to Honour Aung San Suu Kyi

Canada to Support 'Commission of Inquiry' on Burma's rights violations

Canada to Renew humanitarian support

Canada to welcome additional 1,300 Karen Refugees from Thai-Burma Border

CFOB Welcomes Opposition Party Calling for Economic Sanctions

Two events today in Toronto and Vancouver to mark DSSAK Day

CFOB applauds government and Parliament for granting Honorary Citizenship for Suu Kyi, and urges more action on Burma

CFOB welcomes throne speech to honor Suu Kyi with Honorary Citizenship

Canada Welcomes Statement by the United Nations Security Council on Burma

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