Trudeau Speaks with Aung san Suu Kyi Regarding Rohingya

Prime Minister Trudeau spoke with the Aung San Suu Kyi by phone today regarding the situation in Rakhine State, Burma.   “The Prime Minister, and the State Counsellor discussed the need to defend and protect the rights of all minorities,” the statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said.

The Rohingya have been named “the world’s most persecuted people” by the United Nations.  Approximately 146,000 Rohingya have fled the country after attacks from the military. Aung San Suu Kyi has been under fire for her lack of reaction.  According to the BBC, she defended her actions saying they were a legitimate response to terrorism.  Rohingya militants attacked several police outposts late last month.

Suu Kyi holds honorary Canadian citizenship awarded by former Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2012.  Trudeau is under growing pressure to revoke that status.