Ottawa set to amend Criminal Code terrorism provisions that block Afghanistan aid – National
By Dylan Robertson
The Canadian Press
Posted March 9, 2023 7:37 am
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The Trudeau authorities is predicted to introduce laws Thursday to alter terrorism provisions of the Criminal Code that have blocked Canadian humanitarians from working in Afghanistan.
A parliamentary doc suggests Public Security Minister Marco Mendicino will desk a invoice amending the Criminal Code and he’ll maintain a information convention on the Ottawa headquarters of the Canadian Purple Cross.
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The modification entails terrorism provisions that at present use a broad definition of what counts as supporting a terrorist group.
Humanitarian teams say World Affairs Canada has instructed them that buying items or hiring locals in Afghanistan would contain paying taxes to the Taliban, which might quantity to contributing to a terror group.
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The Liberals are greater than a yr behind allies who moved swiftly to alter nationwide legal guidelines and problem exemptions after the August 2021 Taliban takeover of Kabul to guarantee aid employees might hold working in Afghanistan.
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Teams comparable to World Imaginative and prescient Canada say they’ve held again on launching donation appeals due to the foundations, regardless of Afghanistan being one of many international locations for which Canadians are most probably to pledge cash.
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