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Minister Jason Kenney to meet with prominent Buddhist monk

Action Information Released by Canadian Friends of Burma – Nov. 8, 2012


OTTAWA – Honorable Jason Kenney, Minister of Immigration, Citizenship and Multiculturalism, is scheduled to meet with Shwe Nya-Wa Sayadaw, a prominent Burmese Buddhist monk today in Toronto, Canada.

The prominent Burmese Buddhist monk who has a great track record of teaching more than 1,000 monks in Rangoon Buddhist University is currently visiting Canada at the invitation of Burmese Diaspora community and Buddhist community leaders.

U Pinnyasiha, better known as Shwe Nya-Wa Sayadaw, is the abbot of the Sadhu Pariyatti Monastery, and was evicted from his monastery in February 2012 by the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee for alleged disobedience, by holding a sermon at the Mandalay office of the National League for Democracy (NLD), where he had publicly called for the release of political prisoners and the end of ongoing civil war. He has met many world leaders recently, including Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. He will discuss with Minister Jason Kenney on the situation in Burma.

Minister Jason Kenney, a staunch supporter for Burmese democracy movement, also visited to the Burmese Buddhist Temple in Toronto on May 6th of this year.


For further inquiry, contact:
Htun Htun Oo at 416-564-2952,
Vijay Sappani at 416-716-1522, or
Tin Maung Htoo at 613-297-6835

The Canadian Friends of Burma (CFOB) –  -is federally incorporated, national non-governmental organization working for democracy and human rights in Burma since 1991. Contact: Suite 206, 145 Spruce St., Ottawa, K1R 6P1; Tel: 613.237.8056  

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