CAIR-CAN: Demand Change to Security Certifcate Process
(OTTAWA, CANADA - 8/11/2004) - CAIR-CAN is calling on all Canadians of
conscience to demand that our government overhaul the current security
certificate process to make it comply with international human rights
The call marks the first hearing in the Federal Court of Appeal of Adil
Charkaoui's (an individual held under the process) constitutional challenge
to the security certificate process.
Security certificates have been soundly condemned by human rights and
social justice advocates. Recently, more than 60 law experts and legal
associations in Canada, including the Canadian Bar Association, sent a
letter to the Minister of Public Safety Anne McLellan to express their
grave concerns with the legal process of security certificates.
HOW DO SECURITY CERTIFICATES WORK?
The process begins with the Solicitor-General and the Minister of
Citizenship and Immigration signing a security certificate alleging that a
non-citizen presents a risk to national security.
The person may then be immediately arrested and jailed, often for years, as
the government takes steps to seek his or her removal.
Currently, there are at least five people in Canada - all Arabs or Muslims
- who have been subject to security-certificate procedures on the basis of
alleged links to terrorism: Muhammad Mahjoub (since June, 2000); Mahmoud
Jaballah (August, 2001); Hassan Almrei (October, 2001); Mohamed Harkat
(December, 2002); and Adil Charkaoui (May, 2003).
The court process of reviewing the certificates is held in secret. Our
government is not required to disclose the precise nature of the
allegations; and normal rules of evidence are dispensed with, including the
right to cross-examine witnesses and to challenge evidence obtained through
normally unacceptable means, such as hearsay or even torture.
Without knowing and being able to challenge the specific allegations and
evidence against a person, it is nearly impossible to mount an accurate,
People held under security certificates can be deported to face torture.
VOICE your concerns about the security certificate process by calling or
e-mailing the following Ministers:
Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Telephone: (613) 992-4524
Fax (613) 943-0044
Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
Telephone: (613) 992-7774
Fax (613) 947-8319
Minister of Justice
Telephone: (613) 995-0121
Fax (613) 992-6762
* That the five individuals held under security certificates be either
released or given a fair trial in accordance with international human
* That the individuals not be deported. Amnesty International has
recognized that all five face torture and human rights abuses if deported.
* That the security certificate process be overhauled to make it comply
with international human rights standards.
Council on American-Islamic Relations CANADA
P.O. Box 13219, Ottawa, ONT, K2K 1X4
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Palestinians Called 'Stinking Animals' on MSNBC's 'Imus'
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/18/04) – A prominent national Islamic civil rights
and advocacy group today called for an apology from the MSNBC cable
television network over comments on its "Imus in the Morning" program that
referred to Palestinians as "stinking animals" and suggested that they all be
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) also
urged that the program's host, Don Imus, be reprimanded for failing to
challenge his colleagues’ inflammatory remarks. CAIR, which says it
received numerous complaints about the comments, quoted a transcript of
Imus’ November 12th program in which he and his on-air colleagues engaged
in the following discussion about live coverage of Palestinian President
Yasser Arafat's funeral:
DON IMUS: They're (the Palestinians) eating dirt and that fat pig wife of
his is living in Paris.
COLLEAGUE: They’re all brainwashed, though. That’s what it is. And they're
stupid, to begin with, but they’re brainwashed now. Stinking animals. They
ought to drop the bomb right there, kill 'em all right now…
IMUS: Well, the problem is we have (reporter) Andrea (Mitchell) there; we
don't want anything to happen to her.
COLLEAGUE: Oh, she's got to get out. Andrea, get out and then drop the bomb
and kill everybody…
COLLEAGUE: Look at this. Animals. Animals!
In a letter to MSNBC President Neal Shapiro, CAIR stated: "We are firm
defenders of the First Amendment, but these hate-filled and racist remarks
can only serve to legitimize anti-Muslim and anti-Arab bigotry in our
society and could lead to further discrimination against members of the
Islamic and Arab-American communities." (CAIR also filed a complaint with
the FCC because "Imus in the Morning" is a nationally-syndicated radio
This is not the first time Imus has been involved in a controversy over
anti-Arab and Islamophobic remarks. As early as 1985, he was forced to
apologize for referring to Arabs as "goat-humping weasels." (Sunday Mail,
4/21/85) He has also been criticized for using the derogatory term
"raghead." (Accuracy in Media) In a reference to the crash of an Iranian
airliner earlier this year that killed 43 passengers, Imus said, "When I
hear stories like that, I think who cares.” He then stated: "Too bad it
wasn't full of Saudi Arabians." (National Iranian American Council)
Earlier this year, CAIR announced a campaign designed to counter hate
speech on talk radio. The campaign, called "Hate Hurts America," is based
on the premise that the increasing attacks on Islam by talk show hosts harm
the United States by creating a downward spiral of interfaith mistrust and
hostility. As part of that campaign, Muslims were given step-by-step
instructions on how to monitor local and syndicated radio programs, report
anti-Muslim hate, file FCC complaints, and contact advertisers to register
Reports of anti-Muslim hate may be filed at:
To learn "How to Challenge Anti-Muslim Hate on the Radio," go to: http://www.cair-net.org/hatehurtsamerica/hatehurtsamerica.asp?page=challengeradio
ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE and RESPECTFUL.)
Contact NBC and MSNBC to demand an apology and a reprimand for all those
involved in the program.
Mr. Neal Shapiro
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10112-0002
Mr. Rick Kaplan
1 MSNBC Plaza
Secaucus, NJ 07094-2419