Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday spoke with G20 leaders about the situaion in Afghanistan, emphasizing that the global community is committed to the protection of human rights in the country.
“Today, I spoke with G20 leaders about the situation in Afghanistan. The global community is committed to the protection of human rights, including of women & girls, and we’ll continue to use our voices to make sure Afghans have access to humanitarian assistance being provided,” Trudeau said in a statement posted online.
He also added “Canada is welcoming 40,000 refugees and we’re urging others to step up their support to safely resettle refugees, too.”
The Government of Canada recently announced it will double its humanitarian resettlement commitment from 20,000 to 40,000 Afghan refugees.
Addressing the General Debate of the 76th United Nations General Assembly ‘In Our Hands’ last month, Canada’s Foreign Minister Marc Garneau said “Now, faced with a heart wrenching situation in Afghanistan Canadians have once again shown their openness to those who do not wish to live under Taliban rule but prefer to stand up for democracy, human rights and gender equality.”
Garneau further added “In fact, Canadians overwhelmingly called on us to do more. And in response to their generosity and welcoming spirit we have now committed to welcoming 40,000 Afghan refugees to Canada – so that they too can contribute to our success, while we continue to support their efforts for a more peaceful, tolerant world.”