Statement in Support of Khurshid Begum Awan: to demand that she be granted status immediately & that her husband be allowed to return to Canada
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Khurshid Begium Awan’s life is here in Montreal, along side her daughter and grandson. Despite this reality, she was given a deportation order to Pakistan, where she faces the risk of murder. By deporting her husband, Mohamad Khalil Awan, in April 2013, the Canadian government began to divide a family and placed a human being’s life in danger. In placing a removal order agains her, the government is systematically inciting violence on her, her family and community.
REFUGEE TAKES SANCTUARY IN MONTREAL-AREA CHURCH TO AVOID DEPORTATION
Khurshid Begum Awan, a 57-year old grandmother from Pakistan, was ordered to show up for deportation on 21 August 2013. Her husband, Mohamad Khalil Awan, had already been deported in April. Mrs. Awan did not present herself for deportation. Instead, she took sanctuary in an Anglican Church in the Diocese of Montreal.
At a press conference on Tuesday, family members, legal counsel, a church spokesperson, and supporting organizations will explain why. Family and supporters will also outline next steps in the campaign to regularize Mrs. Awan’s status and bring Mr. Awan back to Canada – so that Mrs. Awan can safely leave the shelter of the church and the family can be reunited.
WHAT Press Conference
WHEN Tuesday, 8 October at 10am
WHERE Anglican Diocese of Montreal, 1444 Union St., 2nd floor, Montreal
WHO Members of the Awan family
Rosalind Wong and Cynthia Beaudry, Awan Family Support Committee
Stewart Istvanffy, Legal Counsel
The Right Reverend Barry Bryan Clarke, Bishop of Montreal
Dr. Marie-Jo Ouimet, treating physician
Ghazala Munawar, South Asian Women’s Community Centre
tel. 438 933 7654
Awan Family Support Committee