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Can you meet your MP?

Alison has wrote a letter to supporters that we wanted to share with you here:

Friends,

Your support has been an incredible source of strength for me. But as most of you are enjoying your summer, and your kids are at camp or perhaps at home saying they are “bored,” my children are being held in Iran.

Update
Iranian authorities picked up the fugitive wanted for abducting my children but Canada didn’t respond. Even worse, the RCMP were blocked by senior government officials from phoning Interpol Iran. As a result Iran dismissed the charges. This all comes after Prime Minister Trudeau personally told me that my children were a priority and the file would stay on his desk.

The Government of Canada can and must do more to return my children, and I need your help to make it happen. It is time for Prime Minister Trudeau to show the leadership required. We need to increase the pressure on our government to act.

Meeting Your MP
To do this, I need your help. We need to keep my kids at the top of mind of every Member of Parliament (MP) while they are back in their constituencies for the summer.

Will you go meet with your MP and ask for the government to act?

There’s a team that will help provide support to set up a meeting with your MP and ensure you have the tools you need.

Please email outreach@findazerkidsnow.com to let us know you are available and we will help with the rest. In your email please include your:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Phone Number
  • Postal Code
  • Indicate the best time of day to reach you

Thank you again for your time and support. With your help we can pressure the government to act and work together to bring my children home in time for the start of the school year.

Sharvahn, Rojevahn, Dersim and Meitan are counting on us.

Sincerely,
Alison Azer

P.S. Please share this email with family and friends. Together we can pressure Prime Minister Trudeau to make the call and bring my children home.


Learn more about Alison’s story:

Saren Azer’s detention on Interpol Red Notice in Iran met with radio silence from Canada

#MakeTheCall

Iranian authorities’ dismiss Canada’s criminal charges for abductor of Azer Children

Saren Azer’s detention on Interpol Red Notice in Iran met with radio silence from Canada

OTTAWA – Justin Trudeau’s government was asleep at the switch in response to Iran’s detention of Saren Azer on Canada’s Interpol Red Notice. Inaction by Canada has led to the dismissal of the charges in Iranian courts.

Following the June detention in Iran of Saren Azer, an international fugitive wanted for child abduction charges, senior government officials at Global Affairs blocked the RCMP’s request to speak to Interpol Iran.

With authorities in Iran left waiting for Canada’s call, they were left with no choice but to release the fugitive wanted for abducting the four Azer children.

In conversations with Alison Azer, the mother of the abducted children, Canadian government officials were not even aware of the developments in Iranian court proceedings.

The Government of Canada can and must do more to secure and safely return the Azer children to Canada. The words of this case being a priority are hollow as the evidence of inaction by the government mounts higher and higher.

Over 14,000 Canadians have signed the petition asking Prime Minister Trudeau to call Iran’s President and are waiting for leadership from Canada’s government to bring Alison’s children home safely.

Gord Johns, MP for Courtenay-Alberni and Alison’s Member of Parliament:

“I’m deeply concerned about the apparent inaction by the government of Canada with regard to the arrest of Saren Azer in Iran. Our only concern is to see the safe return of the four Canadian Azer children. Canada has not acted when they should be acting. This should be the utmost priority of the Canadian government, and they need to act immediately to secure the childrens’ return.”
Interpol Red Notice:http://www.interpol.int/notice/search/wanted/2015-58341

NP Charges dropped

Interpol Yellow Notice for the four Azer children: http://www.interpol.int/notice/search/missing/2015-57968

More details can be read in today’s National Post:
http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/canadian-politics/canada-accused-of-being-asleep-at-the-switch-as-iran-drops-kidnapping-charges-against-father

Local Vancouver Island Artist Creates “Alison’s Angel” in Support of Efforts to Bring Alison Azer’s Children Home

Alison + Lucy Schappy

COMOX VALLEY – Award winning local artist Lucy Schappy has painted “Alison’s Angel” in support of Canada-wide efforts to return Alison Azer’s four children home safely.

Schappy, a friend of Alison Azer, dedicated the artwork to the Alison’s Angels campaign. The campaign encourages Canadians to become one of her Angels by donating $2 a day until they’re home to stay.

“I have watched Alison bravely walk in a determined line, day after day, towards her children and their future together,” said Schappy. “I am inspired by Alison’s incredible strength, courage and devotion. But she is not alone; she has her Angels – all of us – who love her and her kids, and are wishing that they will be together again soon.”

The painting features an angel carrying four hearts – one for each of the children: Sharvahn, Rojevahn, Dersim and Meitan. As the one-year anniversary since the abduction fast approaches, friends and family are rallying to become Angels to give Alison the financial wings required to bring the children home.

“Alison needs all the help and support possible right now, and the community is coming together to provide it,” said Kathryn Babcock a long-time family friend who is spearheading the Alison’s Angels initiative. “Lucy’s art is incredibly beautiful. It is a symbol of hope during this difficult time for the Azer family and will help give Alison the lift she so desperately needs.”

With a failure of leadership from the Trudeau government to bring the children home, Alison needs angels like Lucy Schappy and donors across the country to help bring Sharvahn, Rojevahn, Dersim and Meitan home safely.

Canadians can sign-up to become an Angel at https://donorbox.org/alison-s-angels

Lucy Schappy recently won a prestigious award at one of British Columbia’s largest art shows. Her other works can be found on her website: www.lucyschappy.com

Updates from Ottawa Press Conference, July 5

It’s time to show leadership, Justin Trudeau

Over 11 months ago, my four beautiful children were taken from me by my ex-husband, Saren.

Today, he’s an internationally wanted fugitive, and he’s holding them in Iran.

I’d like to thank the thousands of Canadians who have supported me through this journey — your support means the world to me. Sadly, this journey’s not over yet.

  • I have three important updates for you today:
    Saren was arrested on June 12 by Iranian authorities. He’s currently out on bail, with mobility restrictions.
  • The RCMP wanted to communicate with Interpol Iran, but senior Canadian government officials blocked them.
  • Without leadership from Prime Minister Trudeau and the highest levels of the Canadian government, the RCMP and staff at Global Affairs’ hands are tied.

When I spoke to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on May 17 in Ottawa, he promised me that the Azer children’s file was on his desk. Now it sits there, collecting dust.

I cannot fathom starting another school year with my four children in danger when I know the Canadian government could have done more but chose not to.

Canadians and I are counting on Prime Minister Trudeau to show leadership and bring my children home.

I urge you to please call your local Member of Parliament, and call Prime Minister Trudeau, and ask them to take action. We must continue pressing our government to do something — I’m counting on you.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you again for all of your support.

Sincerely,

Alison Azer

Happy birthday, Rojevahn

Today, our dear Rojevahn turned 10.

We are all thinking of you and praying for your safe return. We’ve set up this birthday card for people to sign, so that when you return home, you will know you are so loved, by so many people.

Please sign the card here: http://findazerkidsnow.com/happy-birthday-rojevahn

Campaign Update

I wanted to give you an update on the #MakeTheCall campaign.

Over 11,000 people have signed the petition — from the bottom of my heart, thank you. Your efforts have made this difficult journey more bearable.

We’ve made some progress — I met with the Prime Minister, and continue to work with MPs and government officials to try and bring my kids home. But they are still in Iran — and every day, they are in danger, far from home, away from their mother.

I’m still fighting to bring my kids home. It’s not easy, but my spirits are lifted by the support I receive from those around me.

Thank you again — for everything.

Sincerely,
Alison Azer

Stories that Matter – June 8 in Ottawa

Come out June 8 in Ottawa for a special event:
Stories that Matter
with Amanda Lindhout & Alison Azer

June 8, 6:30-9:00pm, Ottawa, Great Hall at Christ Church Cathedral

Get tickets on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stories-that-matter-with-amanda-lindhout-alison-azer-tickets-25484594107 

Amanda is an award winning humanitarian, social activist and author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, A House in the Sky. Her emotional, thought provoking presentations promise an intimate and richly rewarding experience with a woman whose messages of forgiveness, compassion, social responsibility and determination have inspired audiences around the world.

Amanda’s uplifting personal story will pay tribute to the Azer Children who were abducted in August, 2015 to Iraq, Kurdistan.

The children have since been moved to Iran, where Canada currently has no diplomatic relationship.

Alison Azer will speak directly to the long ordeal of fighting for the return of her four young children.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Statement by Alison Azer following a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Parliament Hill

“Today I met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and opposition leaders on Parliament Hill. I would like to thank Tom Mulcair and Rona Ambrose for their continued support and thank the Prime Minister for providing the opportunity to meet.

It has been over nine months since my Canadian kids were abducted and I want nothing more than for them to be brought home safely.

I am disappointed by the federal government’s response over the past 9 months. The RCMP and Global Affairs can do more working with international partners to rescue my Canadian children.

Today I heard from the Prime Minister directly that the accountability for the return of my kids lies with him. I am pleased that my children’s abduction file is now sitting directly on the Prime Minister’s desk. My children are counting on his quick action and leadership to be brought home to Canada.

As their mother I will hold the Prime Minister to his word.”

Alison is in Ottawa today meeting wtih the Prime Minister and opposition leaders to press for more action from our…

Posted by Findazerkidsnow on Tuesday, 17 May 2016

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