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e-2501 (Foreign affairs)

E-petition
Initiated by Karanvir Thiara from Surrey, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons

Whereas:
  • At one time, Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan numbered in the hundreds of thousands, but today less than five thousand remain;
  • Recent bombings, such as those in July 2018 and March 2020, have killed leaders from both communities in Afghanistan, and demonstrates their ongoing vulnerabilities;
  • The Minister of Immigration is empowered by legislation to allow vulnerable minorities to come to Canada as privately sponsored refugees, directly from the country where they face persecution; and
  • The Sikh and Hindu communities are ready to sponsor Afghan minority refugees.
We, the undersigned, residents of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to urge:
1. The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship to use the powers granted to him to create a special program to help persecuted minorities in Afghanistan come to Canada; and
2. The Minister of Foreign Affairs to raise the persecution faced by these communities with his Afghan counterpart and to strongly advocate for more to be done to protect them.
Open for signature
April 2, 2020, at 3:52 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
July 1, 2020, at 3:52 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Tamara Jansen
Cloverdale—Langley City
Conservative Caucus
British Columbia
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