CAIR-CAN: Groups Deeply Concerned Over
(OTTAWA, CANADA – 14/09/05) – The National Council on Canada-Arab Relations (NCCAR), the Canadian Arab Federation (CAF) and the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN), supported by a coalition of organizations and community leaders, are alarmed over allegations that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) discriminates against people who associate with Arab causes.
A leaked report written by the former chairperson of the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC) following a complaint by a diplomatic appointee who was denied top-security status has found fault with CSIS for leaping to the “unqualified” conclusion that a person who supports Arab causes should be deemed suspicious. The report also says that CSIS attempted to mislead SIRC to save the spy agency from embarrassment.
This new information comes one day after CAF and CAIR-CAN read a closing submission to the Arar inquiry regarding the use of racial profiling by Canadian officials, which Canadian Arab and Muslim organizations denounce. . .
For more information, contact: Halima Mautbur, CAIR-CAN communications director, (613) 254-9704 or (613) 795-2012; Annik Lussier, NCCAR media relations coordinator, (613) 238-3795; Mohamed Boudjenane, CAF executive director, (416) 493-8635 ext. 23;