Alhamdulillah, (to God belongs all praise),
the Canadian Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) has
participated in two national conferences in June, and will feature
prominently in a third later this summer.
In June, CAIR-CAN Executive Director Riad Saloojee served as a panelist at
the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS) held at
the University of Manitoba on June 5. Mr. Saloojee joined University of
Victoria political science professor Reg Whitaker to speak on the issue of
"Security vs. Liberty Post-9/11: Are We Losing Our Balance?"
The conference brought together over 90 associations and more than 6,000
scholars from the international academic community. It featured
interdisciplinary symposia, cultural events, public discussions and
attracted major media coverage.
In June, Saloojee was also panelist at the annual conference of the
Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies (CASHRA), an
organization established to provide an effective communication link between
governmental agencies working in the field of protecting and promoting
human rights. Hosted by the Canadian Human Rights Commission, this year's
conference theme was "The Everyday Work of Promoting and Protecting Human
Rights in Canada." Saloojee spoke on the issue of "Discrimination Prevention."
On Sunday, August 15, 2004, CAIR-CAN Chair Sheema Khan will join Professor
Janice Gross Stein, Director of the Munk Centre for International Studies
at the University of Toronto, and broadcaster Ann Medina for the Opening
Panel of the Canadian Bar Association's (CBA) annual conference, "Engaging
Communities: Human Rights in Context?"
The panel will be preceded by an opening address from UN Special Envoy
Stephen Lewis. (For more on the program, please visit:
The CBA Canadian Legal Conference and Expo is the premiere annual event for
legal professionals in Canada. The CBA represents some 38,000 lawyers,
judges, notaries, law teachers, and law students from across Canada.
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