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CAIR-CAN Receives Human Rights Award


(Ottawa, Canada – July 19, 2007) The Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) is pleased to announce it recently received a Human Rights Award from the Muslim community of Greater Toronto. The award was presented on June 13 at an annual dinner held by the Toronto Muslim community to honour men and women of the city’s emergency services.

On behalf of CAIR-CAN, Board Chair Abdul-Basit Khan accepted the award for the organization’s “outstanding work in advocating for the civil liberties and human rights of Maher Arar.” Also, a second, identical award was given to Amnesty International Canada.

“It’s important to recognize the contribution of the hundreds of Canadians, many of whom remain unnamed, who struggled to free Maher Arar. On behalf of those who worked within CAIR-CAN, I humbly accept this award,” said Khan.

The event attracted 700 attendees and guests. Several elected officials and emergency service heads attended including:

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Mike Colle, Ontario Minister of Education Kathleen Wynee, Oshawa Mayor John Gray, Pickering Mayor David Ryan, Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Julian Fantino, Toronto Chief of Police Bill Blair, Toronto Fire Chief William Stewart, and Toronto Emergency Medical Service Chief Bruce Farr.


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