The head of the Canadian Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) has been elected to the Board of
Directors of the prestigious Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA).
CAIR-CAN Chair Dr. Sheema Khan joins the CCLA Board for a 2-year term.
The CCLA was formed in 1964 and is operated with a volunteer board of
directors made up of prominent citizens that include some of Canada’s most
well known names in law, journalism, politics, the arts, labour, business
and other fields. (For more on the CCLA, please visit: http://www.ccla.org.)
“CCLA is delighted with the election of Dr. Khan to its Board of Directors.
We look forward to her valuable contributions to our efforts at advancing
civil liberties, protecting human rights and promoting non-discrimination,”
said John McCamus, Chair of the CCLA Board.
Dr. Khan also spoke recently at the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) Canadian
Legal Conference. On August 15, she joined 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 “Engaging
Communities: Human Rights in Context?” (For more on the conference, please
Reacting to Dr. Khan’s contributions and the positive reception she
received from the delegates, CBA president Susan McGrath said, “Dr. Khan’s
comments were very informative, and highlighted the new realities that have
emerged in post-September 11 and the role we should be playing as citizens
and legal professionals in promoting and protecting human rights.”
The CBA conference 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.
“As Canadian Muslims, we must be willing to be part of Canadian
institutions and to participate in national conferences,” said CAIR-CAN
Executive Director Riad Saloojee.
“Such participation ensures that Canadian Muslims will provide perspectives
on contemporary issues, listen to the viewpoints of all and create a
meaningful exchange of ideas on issues of concern to all Canadians,” he added.
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