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The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

October 29, 2021


The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

Office of the Prime Minister

80 Wellington Street

Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2


RE: Mandate of the Hon. Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship


Dear Sir,


In light of the the imminent danger to activists, and former employees of the Canadian Armed Forces in Afghanistan, we ask that the Hon. Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship be given the mandate to demonstrate timely and substantive progress in meeting our government’s commitments regarding special immigration and humanitarian assistance programs by granting these people immediate refugee status.


Based on recommendations by the 45th Parliament’s Standing House Committee for Immigration regarding Hong Kong activists, we request that the Minister be given, as a top priority, the mandate to develop and implement a similar, if not more robust, extraordinary pathway out of Afghanistan.


Further, bearing in mind that non-believers, and apostates will be persecuted just as severely in neighbouring countries like Pakistan, and Iran as in Afghanistan, we request that Minister Fraser be given the mandate to develop and carry out direct transportation and settlement in Canada for non-believing, and apostate refugees.


Sincerely,


Doug Thomas, President, Secular Connexion Séculière

Fika Taillon, Founder & Organizer, Minds & Hearts Without Borders

Gus Lyn-Piluso, Ph.D., President, Centre for Inquiry Canada

Homa Arjomand, Active Director, The Cultural Bridges Association, & Coordinator, The Campaign Open Borders for Afghan Women and Children Fleeing the Taliban

Katherine Dimou, President, Society of Freethinkers

Martin Frith, President, Humanist Canada

Emir Onur Cilek-Romano, President, Ateizm Dernegi International Foundation

Randolf Richardson, President, Canadian atheists

Richard Dowsett, President, Halton Peel Humanist Community, Coordinator, Humanist Association of Toronto

Robert Hamilton, President, Humanist Ottawa

Yasmine Mohammed, Founder, Free Hearts Free Minds

cc: Janice Charette, Interim Clerk of the Privy Council

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