Support Letter Template

Thank you for supporting our cause to Save Afghan Minorities. Please copy, customize, and send the letter below to your elected representatives and candidates at local, provincial, and federal governments in Canada.

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Prime Minister of Canada, Rt. Hon Justin Trudeau
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2
Phone: 613-995-0253
Fax: 613-941-6900
E-mail: justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca

Minister of Defence, Hon. Harjit Sajjan
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6
Phone: 613-996-3100
Fax: 613-995-8189
E-mail: DND_MND@forces.gc.ca

Minister of Immigration, Hon. Ahmed Hussen
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario Canada K1A 0A6
Phone: 613-995-0777
Fax: 613-992-2949
E-mail: Minister@cic.gc.ca

Leader of Official Opposition, Hon. Andrew Scheer
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
CanadaK1A 0A6
Telephone: 613-992-4593
Fax: 613-996-3120
E-mail: andrew.scheer@parl.gc.ca

Leader of ND Opposition, Hon. Jagmeet Singh
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada
K1A 0A6
Telephone: 613-995-7224
Fax: 613-947-0868
Jagmeet.Singh@parl.gc.ca

Official Opposition Critic for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Hon. Michelle Rempel
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6
Phone: 613-992-4275
Fax: 613-947-9475
E-Mail: Michelle.Rempel@parl.gc.ca

Letter templates:

Letter version 1 for elected officials:

Dear [NAME],

I am writing to you today to bring a growing humanitarian crisis affecting approximately 2,500 Afghan Sikhs and Hindus to your attention.

Religious minorities in Afghanistan, particularly Hindus and Sikhs have faced decades of oppression during internal and external wars. Most of Afghanistan’s 200,000 Sikhs and Hindus have abandoned their country for safer lives abroad, leaving the most vulnerable and in need of assistance behind. The United Nations, UK Home Office and the US Commission on International Religious Freedom report that Afghan minorities face discrimination in employment and education and are targeted for kidnappings, torture, and other violence.  Minority community members are also regularly pressured to convert to Islam and in several cases are forced to pay the ‘jizya’ or tax on non-Muslims.

I am writing to ask that the Government of Canada assist in the evacuation of Sikh and Hindu Afghans. Canadian families and organizations should be permitted to directly sponsor Sikh and Hindu Afghan families though the Canadian Citizen and Immigration Private Sponsorship Program for Refugees by waiving the requirement that asylum seekers be sponsored from outside their home country.  Those Sikhs and Hindus who remain in Afghanistan are largely those who are unable to afford to leave and face the most desperate circumstances. Canada has previously waived the third-country requirement for refugees from other countries including Sudan, Sierra Leone, Columbia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

With incidents of discrimination and violence taking place daily against Afghan Sikhs and Hindus, we request that Canada move quickly to save these vulnerable minority communities.

Sincerely,

[YOUR NAME]

Letter version 2 for letters to the editor, etc.:

Dear [NAME],

I am writing to you today to express my concern about the worsening humanitarian crisis for thousands of Afghan minorities, including 2500 Afghan Sikhs and Hindus. As members of cultural and religious minorities, Afghan minorities have faced decades of oppression during internal and external wars. Most of Afghanistan’s 200,000 Sikhs and Hindus have abandoned their country for safer lives abroad, leaving the most vulnerable and in need of assistance behind. The United Nations and the US report that Afghan minorities are continually systematically excluded from education and employment based on their race and religion, and that that they are targeted for kidnappings, torture, and other violence.

Today, as US and international forces continue to pull out of Afghanistan, the Afghan government is unable to protect Afghan minorities from insurgents or religious fundamentalists. Afghan minorities are regularly targeted with physical violence and death threats for practicing their religion, or for allowing minority women and girls in public without a male household member. In late 2014, the Afghan government said that it was considering gathering all Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan into one town for their own protection.

Afghan minorities cannot flee to other parts of their country for safety. They cannot flee to neighbouring Pakistan whose government unofficially permits its military to harass and pressure Sikh, Hindus, and other minorities to convert to Islam, and where there has been no educational or economic future for previous Afghan refugees. They cannot travel to Afghanistan’s other neighbours where they will also face religious intolerance. They cannot safely travel to seek official refugee status from abroad because their religion makes them visible.

Please support Afghan minorities by joining me in asking the Government of Canada to allow Afghan minorities including up to 2500 Afghan Sikhs and Hindus to be privately sponsored as asylum seekers in Canada by waiving the requirement that they seek official refugee status from abroad.

To learn more about the Afghan minorities you will be supporting, please visit saveafghanminorities.ca.

Sincerely,

[YOUR NAME]