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CAIR-CAN: Muslims to Fight for Religious Freedom at McGill


(OTTAWA, CANADA ­ 01/12/05) ­ On December 2, the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) and the McGill University chapter of the Muslim Students Association (MSA) will hold a press conference to discuss their next action in fighting for religious freedom and the accommodation of religious rights at McGill University.

The University has said it will not accommodate religious rights and evicted its Muslim students from their prayer room in June 2005. Hundreds of students were left to pray Islam’s five daily prayers outside or in hallways.

EVENT: Press Conference
DATE: Friday, December 2, 2005
TIME: 11:30 a.m. ­ 12:15 p.m.
PLACE: 2nd floor, The University Center, 3480 McTavish St., McGill University
PARTICIPANTS: Idil Issa, Spokesperson, MSA chapter at McGill; Mohamed Sheibani, President, MSA National; Sarah Elgazzar, Community Relations Director, CAIR-CAN; Riad Saloojee, Executive Director, CAIR-CAN

NOTE: Friday Jumaa prayers will begin at 1 p.m. and are held in the same building on the 3rd floor of the University Center. The prayers offer photo opportunities and background sound. Please note, however, that this is a religious service. Photographers are advised not to step directly in front of worshippers and to seek permission for close-up shots. Shots of shoes removed for prayer, and rear-angle shots of prostrating worshipers are considered inappropriate.

For English media inquiries, please contact Halima Mautbur at 613-795-2012. For French media inquiries, please contact Sarah Elgazzar at 514-738-6566.


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