Afghan Women’s Minister warned Canada in June about Taliban atrocities: Senator

Ottawa-Afghan women’s minister pleaded with Canadian politicians for help and shared warnings about atrocities and women’s rights erosion two months before Tullivan ruled Kabul.

A Canadian senator who attended a video conference between Canadian and Afghan politicians begged Canada to “do something for us” as the female Afghan minister moved forward in June. Is called.

A desperate request was made during the Zoom meeting of the Canadian-Afghan Parliamentary Friendship Group, attended by Canadian Ministers, Parliamentarians and Senators.

In July, Afghanistan’s Canadian ambassador explained to the group atrocities such as targeted killings and moves to suppress women as the Taliban hijacked more of the country.

Senator Salma Ataurajan, co-chair of the Parliamentary Friendship Group, said Ambassador Hassan Solouche schematically explained that as Tullivan advanced, he killed women and clergy who disagreed with Islamic interpretations. Stated.

Ataullahjan also said he said how the Taliban issued a statement ordering local religious leaders to make a list of unmarried girls over the age of 15 and widows under the age of 45.

Ataurajan, who attended both meetings, explained how the Afghan Minister of Women continued to say, “Do something for us.”

She warned at a June meeting attended by Canadian ministers, arguing that Canada should have acted earlier to evacuate vulnerable Afghans.

The senator said he would issue a statement when Congress returned and pressure the Liberal government to explain why it did not take urgent action.

The Taliban’s actions were not surprising, but she said the meeting showed the “urgency” of the situation.

“June 1st was the most important because the women (Ministers) were very worried. As you can see. There was an urgency. We were worried that they would lose everything. I heard that all this progress (women’s rights). They said, “Do something for us.” There was a feeling of despair. I was really, really worried, “said the Senator.

“At the meeting with the ambassador in July, we received a very comprehensive brief, which gave an overview of the targeted executions,” she added.

The ambassador’s comment was not obtained.

By June, the Taliban dominated almost one-third of Afghanistan and made rapid progress. It seized control of the capital Kabul on August 15. The US military withdrew from Afghanistan on August 30, 20 years later.

Canada has been criticized for not doing enough to support Afghanistan and Canadians based in Canada who wanted to leave.

In July, Canada created a plan to evacuate interpreters who supported the Canadian Army. Canadian troops helped remove more than 3,700 people from Kabul for several weeks before withdrawing at the end of August. The Liberal government has also promised resettlement of 40,000 Afghan refugees.

A Pashtun Ataurajan, who grew up in Pakistan but was visiting Kabul as a girl, said he should have done more after hearing the warning.

According to Ataurajan and her parliamentary aide, Aya Stretch, the friendship group meeting on June 14 was accompanied by then-female minister Maryam Monsef, then senior minister Deborah Schult, and lawmakers. Senator also attended.

According to Stretch, at a meeting on July 29, just weeks before the Taliban occupied Kabul, the Afghan ambassador made “a terrifying report of what was happening” as the Taliban moved forward. She provided Canadian press with notes for the July meeting, saying that the June meeting showed how serious the situation was for Afghanistan.

“Our Afghan female minister of Zoom Call was telling us that a crisis would occur,” she said in an interview.

“They were telling us how bad the situation was. That was a red flag. At that time we knew we needed to act quickly. We knew how many years the Taliban had been. I knew what I was doing before — I was disappointed to hear that they were doing this again. “

“We continue to commit to Afghanistan and the people of Afghanistan, and we will continue to do everything we can to support them,” said John Babcock, a spokesman for Global Affairs Canada.

He added that Canada has no plans to recognize the Taliban as the Afghan government.

“The Taliban remain a terrorist organization listed under Canadian law. If the Taliban choose to ignore basic human rights, namely the rights of women, girls and minority groups, they will be internationally isolated. You should expect it.

“We recognize that Afghan women have fought hard to realize their rights and deserve the continued support of the international community.”

Marie Woolf

Canadian press


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