December 10, 2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:
“Canada condemns two high-level assassinations witnessed today in Afghanistan. These are attacks on the basic rights of women and on law and order generally.
“The attack on Najia Siddiqi, acting head of women’s affairs in Laghman province, comes just four months after her predecessor was killed for also trying to better the lives of Afghan women. Those responsible for such killings are reprehensible, and their actions are an affront to all freedom-loving people everywhere. It is our hope that the perpetrators of these cowardly acts are brought to justice.
“The promotion and protection of the human rights of all Afghans, including Afghan women, are central to Afghanistan’s security and future prosperity. The commitment and sacrifice of courageous Afghans such as Ms. Siddiqi are driving progress in Afghanistan. The promotion and protection of women’s rights has been, and continues to be, a key pillar of Canada’s engagement in Afghanistan.
“We also grieve for the loss of Gen. Mohammad Musa Rasoli, Chief of Police of Nimroz province. Regional peace and freedom can only be arrived at when those who would harm individuals such as Ms. Siddiqi and General Rasoli are brought to justice.
“On behalf of all Canadians, we would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Ms. Siddiqi and General Rasoli.”
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