MINISTER of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen announced on Tuesday that Canada is approving the private sponsorship of the Sikh and Hindu minority population in Afghanistan by the Manmeet Bhullar Foundation. Canada will welcome the approved individuals here early next year.
The Sikh and Hindu communities in Afghanistan, which now number less than 2,000, face daily persecution and attacks for their religious beliefs. This past July, 19 members of these religious minorities were killed in a suicide bombing.
“When any one religious community is targeted and attacked for their beliefs, we all have a responsibility to stand up and do everything in our power to protect that group and bring an end to persecution,” said Surrey-Newton MP Sukh Dhaliwal.
Dhaliwal added he is “thankful for the hard work of the late Alberta MLA, Manmeet Singh Bhullar, and proud that on the third anniversary of his passing we can make this announcement to welcome the most vulnerable to Canada. This is only possible because of his tireless work in raising awareness of this persecution, and Minister Ahmed Hussen who has worked with determination and diligence in reducing processing times that made this announcement possible.”
Dhaliwal added: “Canada is known around the world as a compassionate, tolerant, and equal nation and groups like the Manmeet Bhullar Foundation and actions like these strengthen our place in the world as a leader in
Human Rights. Once again, I am proud of the work done by everyone who voiced their concern, and worked hard for a solution, I look forward to welcoming them to Canada early next year.”