MPs implored federal authorities to deliver former Afghan politician to Canada earlier than she was killed

Canadian politicians have been working to deliver Mursal Nabizada, a woman who used to carry out a Member of Parliament in Afghanistan earlier than the Taliban’s takeover in August 2021, to this nation earlier than she was killed this weekend. 

the exact circumstances of Nabizada’s demise are unclear, however police in Kabul mentioned she and her bodyguard have been killed by unknown gunmen, and her brother injured, all in an assault that came about at her residence in a single day on Saturday. 

“It was devastating information and actually tragic,” mentioned Alex Ruff, the Conservative MP for Bruce-grey-Owen-Sound, Ont., definitely one of six Canadian MPs who’ve been collaborating behind the scenes since final October to quick-observe immigration for Nabizada and eight completely different feminine Afghan MPs who remained in Afghanistan after the Taliban’s takeover of the nation virtually two years in the past. 

“We bought here collectively as an all-event group to advocate for his or her actually pressing movement to safety and to return to Canada,” mentioned Ruff, a navy veteran who served in Afghanistan himself. 

The group additionally consists of inexperienced event of Canada co-chief Elizabeth may, the Bloc Québécois’ Alexis-Brunelle Duceppe, the NDP’s Heather McPherson, and Liberals Marcus Powlowski and Leah Taylor Roy. 

“We can’t lose one other woman that is on that record. We can’t afford that. we now have a accountability,” mentioned Brunelle-Duceppe. “This authorities is supposedly a feminist authorities. effectively, it has to show it.”

Bloc MP Alexis Brunelle-Duceppe in February 2021.
Bloc Québécois MP Alexis Brunelle-Duceppe speaks all through question interval in February 2021. he is definitely one of six Canadian MPs urging the federal authorities to deliver completely different feminine MPs from Afghanistan to Canada. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press)

Slain MP had ‘vivid spark,’ activist says

Corey Levine, a human-rights activist who met Nabizada whereas posted in Afghanistan with the United Nations from November 2020 to June 2021, mentioned she had a “vivid spark to her.”

Levine was in Afghanistan in June 2022 as effectively. She mentioned she had managed to persuade the Canadian MPs of numerous political stripes to work collectively to deliver Nabizada and the eight completely different feminine politicians to Canada from Afghanistan.

“Their lives had gone from being extreme of Afghan society as being public figures representing their constituents in Parliament to going into hiding.” 

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She mentioned that initially, Nabizada had wished to protect in Afghanistan, however Levine satisfied the earlier MP that transferring to Canada was safer. 

“She was ready to go away,” mentioned Levine, who found about Nabizada’s killing Saturday night through a gaggle chat with the selection feminine MPs.

“I ended up staying up all night texting with the women,” she mentioned. “We have been simply making an try to course of the loss, what it meant for them … simply making an try to be there for every completely different.” 

authorities prepared to work with all events

CBC reached out to Immigration Minister Sean Fraser for an interview, however the federal authorities did not make him out there. 

In an announcement issued collectively by his office and that of overseas Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly, Ottawa condemned Nabizada’s homicide, and recognized as for “the perpetrators of this horrific crime to be delivered to justice.” 

Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Sean Fraser speaks at a information convention in Ottawa in October 2021. In an announcement from his office and overseas Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly, Ottawa condemned Nabizada’s homicide. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press)

The federal authorities additionally mentioned it can proceed to do the whole lot it may to welcome Afghans. 

“This consists of working with Members of Parliament from all events to advance our nation’s efforts, and particularly, deliver extra women leaders to Canada,” mentioned the assertion, which was quick on particulars about this group of feminine Afghan MPs. 

however Taylor Roy, definitely one of many two governing caucus Liberals amongst the numerous Canadian Parliamentarians making an try to deliver the women to Canada, suggested there are a selection of challenges and that it is not a simple matter of placing the women on a airplane leaving Afghanistan. 

“There’s so many people making use of through these [immigration] packages, and undoubtedly one of many factors is that these women are nonetheless in Afghanistan,” Taylor Roy mentioned. “and naturally there’s good hazard in transferring them to a particular nation.” 

“They want to have assurance that they’ve someplace to go as a outcome of all of us know neighbouring international areas have been returning refugees again to Afghanistan. If this have been to happen to any of them, clearly they may even be inside the fingers of the Taliban.” 

In late December, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada informed CBC information it had acquired phrase from the federal authorities of Pakistan that it can not drive paperless Afghan migrants to return to Afghanistan. 

The federal authorities has pledged to deliver forty,000 Afghan refugees to Canada. Since August 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada says that 27,345 Afghans have arrived right here beneath numerous packages. 

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