Lawyer assisting Canadian children detained in Syria claims “Feds indifferent to their deaths”

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Feds don't 'care if they die,' says lawyer helping Canadian children held in Syria



“Canadian Children in Syrian Detention Camp: Denied Access to Canada

Five Canadian children are currently living in a dire detention camp in northeastern Syria, as their mothers face obstacles in bringing them back to Canada. The denial of permission for the mothers to return with their children has sparked outrage and calls for immediate action to reunite the families.

Seeking Temporary Resident Permits

Lawyer Asiya Hirji, representing the families, applied for temporary resident permits for two women with Canadian children in al-Roj camp in February of last year. However, the recent news of the denial of these permits on security grounds has left the children in limbo. The mothers, who are not Canadian citizens, are unable to provide proper care for their children in the challenging conditions of the camp.

Human Rights Concerns

A civil society delegation that visited the Syrian prison camps raised concerns about the inhumane conditions faced by detainees, including children. The delegation called on the Canadian government to take immediate action to provide consular assistance to Canadian detainees and facilitate the repatriation of citizens who wish to return to Canada. The delegation also highlighted the need for temporary permits to allow non-Canadian mothers and siblings of Canadian children to travel to Canada.

Global Affairs Canada’s Response

Global Affairs Canada has stated that they are actively engaged with Syrian Kurdish authorities and international organizations to gather information on Canadian citizens in the camps. However, the process of evaluating requests for repatriation is done on a case-by-case basis, leaving many families in a state of uncertainty.

The Struggle for Repatriation

Despite efforts by lawyers like Lawrence Greenspon to secure the repatriation of Canadian women and children from detention in Syria, challenges remain. While some progress has been made in bringing children back to Canada, the process is slow and complicated. The recent Supreme Court ruling that Ottawa is not obligated to help Canadian men return from Syria adds another layer of complexity to the situation.

A Call for Action

The plight of Canadian children in Syrian detention camps calls for urgent action and compassion from the Canadian government. The well-being and future of these children should be a top priority, regardless of the legal and security challenges involved. As a compassionate and inclusive nation, Canada must do everything in its power to ensure the safe return of these children to their home country.

It’s time to put politics aside and focus on the human faces behind this heartbreaking situation. Let us strive to uphold the values of empathy, humanity, and justice by bringing these children back to Canada where they rightfully belong.

The clock is ticking, and every moment counts for these children. Will Canada rise to the occasion and show the world its true commitment to human rights and compassion? The answer lies in the actions we take today.”

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