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Petition to Sean Fraser, Immigration Minister, Catrina Tapley, Jenny Kwan, Michael Barrett

Reunite Baby Afnaan, 3, Separated for 2 years from her Mom in Brockville, Ontario

An honest mistake in a complicated process has left little Afnaan, 2 years, 9 months old, stranded abroad, unable to hug her mommy, Nasro, for 2 years. Nasro, a Somali refugee, came to Canada in October, 2019, believing her husband, Liiban, and baby girl would follow soon. But due to understandable confusion about how Canada’s complicated sponsorship process works, Nasro and her most precious loved ones have suffered the trauma of an interminable family separation that could be easily ended with the issuance of Early Admission  Temporary Resident Permits (TRPs) for Afnaan and the little girl’s father. Applications for those TRPs are available for Canadian immigration officials to read and approve. This devastating two-year break in family bonding has caused understandable mental health challenges like stress, depression, isolation and loneliness for a loving husband and wife who are trying to survive without one another. Even worse, young Afnaan has grown from baby to toddler to pre-schooler in the time that she has been separated from her mother. It is well-known that mother-daughter bonding in the formative years leads to better self-identity and self-esteem, better future relationship building and socialization, and better overall mental and physical health. This whole family is suffering irreparable damage to their mental and physical health being apart for so long. BACKGROUND Afnaan’s parents both fled grave danger in their home country and met in their country of temporary asylum. They both already had refugee applications in process when they met, fell in love, married, and had a child. Due to bad advice from family and friends, and lack of understanding about their resettlement process, they did not take the correct steps to combine their processes. Nasro did not find out until after she’d arrived in Canada that her family couldn’t simply come to stay with her. That trauma built on the pain she suffered after her father and all her brothers were killed in a terrorist bombing. Two years apart is too much, and the processing to bring Nasro’s family here could add another 39 months before they’re reunited. This is unacceptable and inhumane! Nasro’s sponsorship group, Brockville Freedom Connection, has helped her resettle and is prepared to assist Liiban and Afnaan too. The group initiated a private sponsorship of father and daughter in January 2020, and they have raised the sufficient funds to ensure that their reunification and resettlement are successful. Unfortunately, 22 months later, the process has not moved whatsoever, with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada citing Covid backlogs as the excuse. However, we have seen the recent resettlement of refugees who submitted newer applications accompanied by public pressure campaigns, and believe that the only way to move this case forward is with similar public support, difficult as it is for the family to share their trauma with the world. It is shameful that it should come to this, but they are desperate and do not know what else to do. For this reason, we are working with the Rural Refugee Rights Network to help raise the profile of this desperate situation. In the meantime, Liiban and Afnaan await news in an unsafe country. Crime and violence are common, adequate food and water are not. Mental and physical health care are archaic and inadequate and sickness prevails. Covid runs rampant and vaccines are not readily available to them. These conditions are well documented in the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Board's National Documentation Package. Schools and daycares are closed and Liiban cannot work, as there is no care for Afnaan if he does. Nasro works overtime in retail to support herself here in Canada while supporting Liiban and Afnaan overseas. For the physical and mental health and safety of this family, they must be reunited here in Canada immediately! They have already been severely punished for two years for an honest mistake. Humans make mistakes, and should not be cruelly punished for them when harm was neither intended nor done. Afnaan especially should not be punished. Even Immigration Canada makes mistakes, some with serious consequences. The Toronto Star has reported that immigration “employees often fail to use correct form letters or provide accurate timelines," errors which "could not only cost individual applicants a chance to live and work in Canada but affect the efficiency of the system and create unnecessary backlogs." And this fall, we learned that the names of several hundred vulnerable Afghans seeking refuge from the Taliban were recently leaked in emails sent in error by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. On October 5, 2020, the former Immigration Minister, Marco Mendicino tweeted: "Our government strongly believes in the importance of keeping families together—particularly during difficult times. Now, more than ever, family reunification is an important component of Canada’s immigration system.” Canada is also obligated by both domestic and international commitments to act in a manner consistent with an approach “taking into account the best interests of a child directly affected.” Article 3(1) of the Convention on the Rights of the Child confirms “In all actions concerning children, whether undertaken by public or private social welfare institutions, courts of law, administrative authorities or legislative bodies, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration.” The Minister’s own guidelines point out that “factors relating to a child’s emotional, social, cultural and physical welfare should be taken into account when raised.” In fact, the 2021 election platform of the Liberal Party of Canada appears to recognize that tools similar to the TRPs we are supporting are appropriate responses to address the backlog of reunification cases. Their 2021 election platform promised to “Implement a program to issue visas to spouses and children abroad while they wait for the processing of their permanent residency application, so that families can be together sooner.” The average processing time is now an astounding 39 months. The Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Canada is a signatory, is the leading international human rights instrument on children’s rights. Canada’s own immigration legislation specifically provides that it "complies with international human rights instruments to which Canada is signatory,” thus codifying the best interests of children into its own legislative scheme. Article 10 of the Convention states: “applications by a child or his or her parents to enter or leave a State Party for the purpose of family reunification shall be dealt with by States Parties in a positive, humane and expeditious manner.” The new Immigration Minister, Sean Fraser, has the authority and discretion under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act to grant these permits. He also has plenty of precedents for which to justify granting TRPs here. Recently, IRCC announced a temporary residence public policy for in-Canada families of the victims of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 and Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 tragedies. In September 2020, similar assistance was extended to those with loved ones affected by the horrific Beirut explosion. Following the December 2004, tsunami in Indonesia, Canada waived fees and granted priority processing to hundreds of affected permanent resident applicants. Over the past six months, 10 long-separated Palestinian refugee families from Gaza have received TRPs as well. Canada even granted a temporary resident permit to a boy to be able to leave Canada to play in a baseball tournament in the USA and then return.  If a TRP could be issued for a young boy to play on his field of dreams, then surely a TRP can be issued for the health and safety of this family. We call on Minister Fraser for the immediate issuance of an Early Admission Temporary Residence Permit (TRP) to allow Liiban and Afnaan to come to Ontario, Canada now while they await the finalization of their now 22-month old sponsorship application.   MEDIA COVERAGE:      

Matthew Behrens
69 supporters
Started 14 hours ago

Petition to Egypt, TCHAD


HELP BRING BACK DR. TOM ERDIMI TO HIS FAMILY  Un message en français suivra  —————— We, the family, colleagues, former students and acquaintances of Dr. Tom Erdimi notify the Canadian and international public of his abduction since September 2020 by the Egyptian government at the request of the Chadian regime. As Canadians and residents of Canada, we ask for the support of the Canadian government to help us free Dr. Tom Erdimi and bring him back to where he belongs, to his loved ones. TOM ERDIMI's story: Dr Tom ERDIMI holds a PhD in geophysics from the Moscow Institute of Oil and Gas in Russia. He taught for a long time at the Faculty of Exact and Applied Sciences (FSEA) of the University of N'Djamena before becoming Dean of the FSEA and later Rector of the said university. He was the first director of the civil cabinet of the late President Idriss Déby in 1991. He then became the national coordinator of the Doba oil project, after having been Chad's representative to the Exxon oil consortium in Houston in 1997. Since 2005, he has been living in exile in the United States of America and frequently visited Africa, particularly Egypt where some of his family lives. He had taken care to report to the Egyptian authorities and to register with the UNHCR to request political asylum. He was illegally abducted by the Egyptian security services and detained in a secret location since September 2020. Since then, there has been no contact with his family and human rights organizations. Dr. Tom Erdimi's only fault is that he is the opponent of Idriss Deby's regime. We are concerned about his health condition and call on the Egyptian government to shed full light on it and demand his immediate and unconditional release.  ------------------ Nous, familles, collègues, anciens étudiants  et connaissance du Dr Tom Erdimi informons l'opinion canadienne et internationale de son enlèvement depuis Septembre 2020 par le gouvernement égyptien sur demande du régime tchadien. En tant que Canadiens et résidents du Canada, nous demandons l'appui du gouvernement canadien pour nous aider à libérer le Dr Tom Erdimi et à le ramener là où il doit être, auprès de ses proches. L'histoire de TOM ERDIMI : Le Dr Tom ERDIMI est titulaire d'un doctorat en géophysique de l'Institut du pétrole et du gaz de Moscou en Russie. Il a longtemps enseigné à la Faculté des Sciences Exactes et Appliquées (FSEA) de l'Université de N'Djamena avant de devenir Doyen de la FSEA puis Recteur de ladite université. Il a été le premier directeur du cabinet civil de feu le président Idriss Déby en 1991. Il est ensuite devenu le coordinateur national du projet pétrolier de Doba, après avoir été le représentant du Tchad auprès du consortium pétrolier Exxon à Houston en 1997. Depuis 2005, il vit en exil aux Etats-Unis d'Amérique et se rendait fréquemment en Afrique, notamment en Egypte où vit une partie de sa famille. Il avait pris soin de se signaler aux autorités égyptiennes et de s'enregistrer auprès du HCR pour demander l'asile politique.  Il a été illégalement enlevé par les services de sécurité égyptiens et détenu dans un lieu tenu secret depuis septembre 2020. Depuis ce temps, il n'y a eu aucun contact avec sa famille et les organisations des droits de l'homme. Le seul tord du Dr Tom Erdimi est le fait qu'il soit l'opposant au régime de Idriss Deby. Nous sommes préoccupé par son état de santé et demandons le gouvernement égyptien de faire toute la lumière et réclamons sa libération immédiate et sans conditions.    How can you help? 1. Sign the petition! We need as much attention as possible to get help from the Canadian Gouvernement  2. Contact Egyptian embassy of Ottawa  Ambassador  Wael Aboul-Magd  By Email : By Phone : (+1) (613) 234 4931 3. Share the petition to everyone you know and on all social platforms Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and use the hashtag #FreeDrTomErdimi  Comment pouvez-vous nous aider ? 1. Signez la pétition ! Nous avons besoin d'un grand nombre d'attention pour obtenir de l'aide du gouvernement Canadien.  2. Contactez l'ambassade égyptienne d'Ottawa  Ambassadeur Wael Aboul-Magd  Par courriel : Par téléphone : (+1) (613) 234 4931 3. Partagez la pétition avec toutes vos connaissances et sur toutes les plateformes ; Facebook , Instagram , Snapchat et utiliser le hashtag #FreeDrTomErdimi  

Benazir Tom
121 supporters