Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) is working to evacuate a group of 450 vulnerable Afghans, including high-risk journalists, human rights advocates and their family members, from Afghanistan. We have partnered with Canadian media organizations and unions to vet those on our lists, and prioritize those with a clear connection to Canada. This includes: a professional association with a Canadian journalist or media organization; a family connection; and/or a connection through a sponsoring organization based in Canada.
We are lobbying the Canadian and regional governments to expedite the visa processing of these groups to facilitate their safe passage to Canada. We are also working with our partners on the ground to create safe and legal routes of evacuation out of Afghanistan into third countries. All evacuees are registered as temporary asylum-seekers in the third countries where they temporarily reside before their resettlement in Canada.
JHR needs your support to raise $2,000,000 for this life-saving initiative. (This target is informed by costs related to JHR’s prior experience of evacuating journalists and staff safely from South Sudan in 2016.)
The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan set off a panicked exodus from Kabul and other cities. As the US and allied forces scrambled to pull out before the August 31 deadline, thousands upon thousands of Afghans confronted perilous odds in their attempts to flee the country.
Canada has committed to resettling up to 40,000 Afghans. As of September 3, it has pulled 3,700 people out of Kabul. Many, fearing for their lives, remain behind and journalists and their families are especially visible and vulnerable to the current safety risks. Credible reports of threats and house-to-house hunts for journalists indicate the dangers of continuing to live in Afghanistan.
We can’t leave these journalists where they are. If we do, they’re liable to be killed. But we also can’t get them out of there on our own. We need your help to ensure Afghan journalists and their families who want to get out of Afghanistan can do so safely.