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Singapore/Myanmar trip July 9-11

July 8, 2013


Singapore

In Singapore on July 9, Senator Carr will present the Fullerton Lecture on Australia’s engagement with South-East Asia. Senator Carr will also hold talks with Singapore Foreign Minister Shanmugam.

The Fullerton Lecture series is organised by Singapore’s International Institute for Strategic Studies with the aim of bringing major figures in Asia-Pacific and international affairs to speak in Singapore on foreign policy matters.

Senator Carr will be the first Australian Minister to give a Fullerton lecture.


Myanmar

Senator Carr will visit Myanmar from July 10 to 11, 2013.

Talks are planned with Myanmar President Thein Sein, Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin, Opposition Leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and community and business representatives.

Discussions will include Myanmar’s ongoing move toward democratic reform, Australia-Myanmar economic ties, international development assistance in education and human rights including the situation in Rakhine State.

Australia and Myanmar work closely on a range of issues aimed at improving the lives of the Myanmar people, including through assistance on health, education, trade and economic issues.

Myanmar remains one of the poorest countries in the world. Less than half of all Myanmar children will finish primary school and around 70,000 children under five years old die from preventable causes each year.

Australian aid to Myanmar will more than double to $100 million per year by 2015, with a focus on education and basic health care in remote and regional centres.

Australia has also committed $5.8 million in humanitarian aid to assist displaced people in Rakhine State. Australia’s assistance is providing:

• food to 100,000 displaced people (through the World Food Program);
• protection for 37,000 children who have been separated from their families through Save the Children);
• tents and emergency shelter to 32,000 people who have fled or lost their homes (through UNHCR);
• blankets, clothes and mosquito nets for 14,000 people living in temporary shelters (through CARE); and
• safe drinking water and sanitation for 40,000 people (through UNICEF).

Australia is also providing $5 million to support peace-building in conflict affected regions including to the Myanmar Peace Centre.

One Comment
  1. July 9, 2013 8:24 am

    Dear Bob Carr

    Could you make some time in your conversation with the Burmese President to raise the issue of the current violence against Rohingya people in Raknie State. The International activist group AVAAZ warns that there could be another Rwanda in the making. A Brisbane woman Deborah who has contact with our Amnesty International group has a Burmese housemate Dollah who is Muslim Rohingya..

    Dollah’s family back in Burma has been contacting him desperately for the last few days via phone as many Rohingya have just been pushed out of their dwellings and rounded up and put in wire fencing (many thousands they are telling him) and they are so afraid and are trying to get help in some way. Some have also been killed.

    I would appreciate any information you can send me about the Rohingyas who are being rounded up right now.

    Thank you

    Peter Hanley
    Townsvile Amnesty International group

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