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Canada must ease Taliban sanctions amid multiple Afghan crises: Aid Groups – Nationwide

Major humanitarian groups have called on the Trudeau government to ease restrictions on cooperation with the Taliban in Afghanistan.

The Canadian Red Cross, Oxfam Canada and Amnesty International are among 18 groups that claim Ottawa lags behind other organizations in finding humanitarian loopholes while isolating the Taliban regime.

They say Canadian sanctions are hampering Afghanistan’s response to the humanitarian catastrophe.

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Aid groups say Canadian organizations are unable to get supplies from warehouses into the hands of those in urgent need due to anti-terrorism rules in the Criminal Code.


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Food insecurity in Afghanistan affecting 6.6 million since Taliban takeover


Food insecurity in Afghanistan affecting 6.6 million people since Taliban takeover – 15 Aug 2022

In June, a House task force was formed to study the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, and Ottawa said those rules needed to be amended.

The commission noted that the US, Australia, the UK and the European Union have all found ways to get aid flowing to their countries.

Liberals have not issued a formal response to the report, leading advocacy groups to blame what they call a “lack of urgency.”

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Canada must ease Taliban sanctions amid multiple Afghan crises: Aid Groups – Nationwide

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