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Rohingya aren’t the only persecuted group in Myanmar in need of Canadian support

By Andrew Paul, Slone Phan      

Additional Canadian sanctions are needed to pressure Myanmar’s military and civilian leaders, otherwise Canada’s moral platitudes ring hollow.

Karen Canadians rally for peace on Parliament Hill on June 18, asking for political pressure, not just money, to help those in Myanmar. Photograph courtesy of Saw Blu
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Last year, Myanmar sprang from relative obscurity to international headlines as more than 700,000 Rohingya fled to Bangladesh. Refugees told harrowing tales of military atrocities, including gang rape, torture, and mass killings. However, news coverage has tended to treat the Rohingya crisis as an isolated problem. It isn’t. The Rohingya crisis is part of entrenched patterns of military violence against ethnic peoples across Myanmar. In recent years, the military has intensified attacks against ethnic Kachin, Ta’ang, Karen, and

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