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Canada commits additional $28 million in support for the people of Iraq and Syria

Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced on March 17, 2017 that Canada will provide over $28 million to support people in Iraq and Syria in order to help addressing the immediate needs of the population, including the return of civilians to territory liberated from the Islamic State (aka ISIS, Daesh, Caliphate).

According to Freeland’s statement, Canada’s additional support includes:

  • Enhanced civilian security in areas secured from Daesh through improvised explosive devices clearance with the Mines Advisory Group – $2 million over three years
  • Preparing for the prosecution of breaches of international criminal and humanitarian law with the Commission for International Justice and Accountability in Iraq and Syria – $3.3 million over three years.
  • Addressing housing, land and property disputes through customary justice in Iraq with the Norwegian Refugee Council – $3 million over three years
  • Safeguarding mass gravesites in liberated areas of Iraq, and responding to demands from victims’ families for justice and accountability with the International Commission on Missing Persons – $2.3 million over two years
  • Preventing reprisals and mitigating violence in Iraq with Development Transformations – $1.6 million over two years
  • International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights – $400,000 over one year
  • Supporting the Transitional Justice Coordination Group with The Day After – $435,000 over two years
  • $4 million over one year to respond to urgent needs of communities, including newly liberated areas of Syria. This initiative will provide research capacity to identify the more urgent stability needs of communities in Syria, and rapidly deploy interventions aimed at increasing stability and preventing conflict;
  • $5 million over two years to strengthen inclusive, representative and legitimate governance actors at provincial and local levels with a view to providing effective services for Syrians; and
  • $3 million over two years to provide access to effective, accountable and reliable justice and community security, delivered by legitimate civilian-led institutions in partnership with Syrian communities.

Canada is already contributing $1.6 billion over the course of three years towards security, stabilization, and humanitarian and development assistance in response to the crises in Iraq and Syria and their impact on Jordan and Lebanon.

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