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Hon. Candice Bergen and MP James Bezan Statement

Candice Bergen News

August 4, 2017

Winnipeg, MB – On August 3rd, the Hon. Candice Bergen, Member of Parliament for Portage-Lisgar, and Mr. James Bezan, Member of Parliament for Selkirk-Interlake-Eastman, attended a rally at the Manitoba Legislature in acknowledgement of the 3rd anniversary of the Sinjar Massacre.

MP Bergen and MP Bezan issued the following statement regarding the event:

"Three years ago, nearly 10,000 Yazidis were killed or kidnapped by ISIS fighters in the area surrounding Mount Sinjar. This genocidal attack on civilians has been burned into the public’s mind as an example of ISIS barbarism, and brought the world’s attention to the horrendous crimes against humanity taking place in the region.

"The August 3rd gathering included a number of refugees from the region, including the mother of Emad Mishko Tamo. Emad is a 12 year old Yazidi boy who was taken from his family by ISIS, but who was recently liberated by the Iraqi Army. After all of the horrors that this child has witnessed, we implore the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to grant Emad asylum and work to immediately reunite him with his mother in Winnipeg.

"We are disappointed that not a single Liberal MP from Manitoba was able to attend the commemoration and express their support for the Yazidi people, who are the most persecuted ethnic and religious minority in the world.

"Unanimous support was given in the House of Commons for a Conservative motion calling on the Liberal Government to grant asylum to 1200 Yazidi refugees by February 22nd, 2017. To date, the Liberals have only brought in 450 Yazidis, despite their ability to bring in tens of thousands of other refugees from the region.  We call on the Prime Minister and the Minister of Immigration to keep their commitment and bring Yazidi refugees to Canada, in order to help prevent further tragedies like the genocide at Sinjar.”

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For more information, contact: 

Spencer Rolfe

Legislative Assistant

Office of the Hon. Candice Bergen, P.C., M.P

613-995-9511

candice.bergen.a1@parl.gc.ca

 

Office of James Bezan, MP

Phone: 613-992-2032

media@jamesbezan.com