CAIR-CAN Survey Cited in State Department Rights Report


CAIR-CAN CITED IN 2005 HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT

(OTTAWA, CANADA, 10/26/06) – The Canadian office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ (CAIR-CAN) survey, "Presumption of Guilt: A National Survey on Security Visitations of Canadian Muslims," was cited in the U.S. State Department's 2005 Human Rights Report.

The human rights report noted the increased number of visitations by security officials to the homes and workplaces of Canadian Muslims. In addition, the report cited from CAIR-CAN indicating that security officials "discouraged legal representation, failed to provide proper identification, or used threats and threatening behaviour in the course of their interviews."

This follows the recent mention of CAIR-CAN in Justice O'Connor's Analysis and Recommendations of the Arar Inquiry. Justice O'Connor specifically identified the pamphlet, "Islam and Muslims: What Police Officers Need to Know," prepared by Islamic Social Services Association (ISSA) and reviewed by CAIR-CAN, as an important resource for security officials to understand norms, practices and values of the Muslim community.

"The official citing of CAIR-CAN's report on human rights abuses and its educational publications demonstrate that our community is not only engaged socially, but also that its efforts are recognized at the highest levels of government," said Karl Nickner, CAIR-CAN's Executive Director.

The 2005 Human Rights Report published by the U.S. State Department is available at www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2005/61719.htm

To read CAIR-CAN's survey, Presumption of Guilt: A National Survey on Security Visitations of Canadian Muslims, please visit www.caircan.ca/ps_more.php?id=2010_0_6_0_M

The Analysis and Recommendations of the Arar Inquiry are available at www.ararcommission.ca/eng/AR_English.pdf

The ISSA pamphlet, “Islam and Muslims: What Police Officers Need to Know,” can be ordered by writing to canada@cair-net.ca.

 


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