July 13, 2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and International Cooperation Minister Julian Fantino today issued the following statement:
“We were deeply saddened to hear about the targeted attack which killed Hanifa Safi, the Afghan government’s head of women’s affairs in Laghman province.
“Canada is deeply concerned by the recent upsurge in violence against women in Afghanistan. Canada was particularly shocked to learn of the public execution outside Kabul this week of a young woman for allegedly committing adultery. These cowardly acts, targeting one of the most vulnerable groups within Afghan society, show a complete disregard for the lives of Afghans. Those responsible should be swiftly brought to justice.
“Respect for the freedoms and fundamental human rights of all Afghan citizens are central to Afghanistan’s security and future prosperity. The protection and advancement of women’s rights has been, and continues to be, a key pillar of Canada’s engagement in Afghanistan.
“On behalf of all Canadians, we would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Ms. Safi.”
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