Statement in Support of Khurshid Begum Awan

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.pakistaniwomen-852-8col

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(Press Release) Asylum-seeker in church sanctuary in Montreal: “We want to stop being afraid”

Press Release

Asylum-seeker in church sanctuary in Montreal: “We want to stop being afraid”tahira 8 oct 13

Montreal, 8 October 2013 – Khurshid Begum Awan, a refugee from Pakistan, has taken sanctuary in a church in Montreal to avoid deportation. Mrs. Awan’s husband, Mohamad Khalil Awan, was deported in April 2013 after the couple’s refugee claim was refused. Since his deportation, Mr. Awan suffered a gun attack and is now in hiding in Pakistan. Mrs. Awan is in very fragile health. The couple’s daughter, Tahira Malik, and teenage grandson are both Canadians and live in Montreal.

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(Press Advisory) Refugee takes sanctuary in Montreal-area church to avoid deportation

Press Advisory


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