Letter by the Hon. Salma Zahid, the Chair of #CIMM to URAP

Dear Mr. Mehmet Tohti,

Thank you for raising your concerns about the omission of Uyghurs from the 6 April 2022 news
release by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration on extending
the immigration measures afforded to Ukrainian nationals to other regions faced with a
humanitarian crisis. As chair of the Committee, I want to assure you that any impression of omission
was not intentional. In naming a list of examples of humanitarian crises, we did not and do not
consider this list to be exhaustive.
This committee unequivocally recognizes and deplores the genocide against the Uyghurs and other
Turkic Muslims. On 29 April 2022, I tabled on behalf of the committee a report entitled Supporting
Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims to find safety in Canada. The motion calls on the federal
government to
a) extend existing special immigration measures to Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims, including the
expansion of biometrics collection capabilities in third countries and the issuance of Temporary
Resident Permits and single journey travel documents to those without a passport;
b) allow displaced Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in third countries, who face risk of detention
and deportation back to China, to seek refuge in Canada;
c) waive the UNHCR refugee determination;
d) and that the government provide a comprehensive response by letter to the committee within 30
The House of Commons also unanimously passed a motion on 22 February 2021 recognizing this
I hope this additional information brings clarity about intentions of the Committee, and our
continued support.
Please accept my deepest regards,


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