Statement: Oxford City Council sends message of solidarity to Oxford’s Afghan community

Published: Monday, 16th August 2021

As Afghanistan is rocked by the rapid take-over of the Taliban, Oxford City Council sends a message of support to Oxford's Afghan community.

“I know from speaking to members of Oxford’s Afghan community, especially women, this weekend, there is a great deal of anxiety and worry about the safety and wellbeing of family and friends in Afghanistan. Like the rest of my council colleagues, I stand in solidarity with you and your loved ones. 

“Oxford is a proud City of Sanctuary, a multi-racial and diverse city, a international city, and a city that is home to an established Afghan community who are part of Oxford’s wider community too. Our collective thoughts are with you. 

“Oxford City Council reiterates its commitment to supporting the diverse communities of our city including refugee and migrant communities. We call on the UK government to do everything in its power to protect the rights of all Afghan people and especially the rights of Afghan women, girls and minorities. We call on the government to uphold and protect the rights of refugees and all those fleeing persecution.”

Councillor Shaista Aziz, Cabinet Member for Inclusive Communities