(OTTAWA, CANADA) - In its testimony today to the United Nation's Special Rapporteur on Racism and Xenophobia Mr. Doudou Diène, the Canadian office of the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) expressed its concern that Canada is not protecting the rights of Canadian Muslims and Arabs when they travel to the United States.
Mr. Doudou Diène was appointed by the U.N. to conduct a cross-Canada visit to gain first-hand knowledge of Canada's policies to address discrimination. After meeting with government officials, Aboriginal communities and other ethnic, racial and religious non-governmental organizations, Mr. Diène will report his findings to the UN Commissionon Human Rights.
In a statement released after the meeting, CAIR-CAN wrote:
"There is a widespread sentiment among Canadian Muslims and Arabs that Canada is doing little to protect their rights when they travel to the United States.
"The cases of Canadian Muslims and Arabs who have been subjected to detention and discrimination in the United States have been steadily growing in the face of an indifferent and hands-off approach to the problem by our government.
"Canada must regain the confidence of its citizens through immediate and effective intervention with the United States."
CONTACT: Naeem Saloojee at 613-254-9704; E-mail: Canada@cair-net.org