April 2, 2020
Sent to: The Honourable Marco Mendicino, P.C., M.P.
The Honourable Francois-Phillipe Champagne, P.C., M.P.
OPEN LETTER RE: IMMIGRATION MEASURES FOR SIKH AND HINDU COMMUNITIES IN AFGHANISTAN
Minister Mendicino and Minister Champagne,
We write to you today to draw attention to the heartbreaking news of a suicide attack on a Sikh Gurdawara (place of worship) in Kabul, Afghanistan that killed 25 worshippers in the early morning of March 25, 2020 and injured many others. These young children, women, and elderly innocent worshippers were horrifically attacked while in prayer. The youngest victim was a 3 year old infant. This heinous act was further exacerbated by a subsequent missile attack on the crematorium as family members gathered to hold funerals for their deceased loved ones. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack within hours and has since given the communities 10 days to leave or face extinction. It is clear that Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan are not safe, and continue to face extreme persecution and widespread discrimination.