(Ottawa, Canada – 10/06/05) – Alhamdulillah, (to God belongs all praise), the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) testified yesterday before the Arar Commission and will appear shortly before the Special Senate Committee on the Anti-Terrorism Act. On Thursday, June 9, 2005, CAIR-CAN Chair Dr. Sheema Khan testified before the Arar inquiry as part of a panel of expert witnesses about the impact of September 11, 2001 on the Canadian Muslim and Arab communities. Professors Reem Bahdi, of the University of Windsor, and Rachad Antonius, of the University of Quebec in Montreal, were also on the panel. Dr. Khan presented as evidence CAIR-CAN’s newly released report, Presumption of Guilt, which documents some of the alarming tactics used by security officials when questioning Canadian Muslims. The report can be read here: http://caircan.ca/downloads/POG-08062005.pdf She also spoke about the need for more effective outreach and dialogue to repair the distrust that many Canadian Muslims and Arabs feel towards Canada’s security agencies. The full transcript of the panel’s testimony can be read here: http://www.stenotran.com/commission/maherarar/2005-06-09%20volume%2025.pdf
CAIR-CAN will also be appearing before the Special Senate Committee on the Anti-Terrorism Act on Monday, June 13, 2005. Riad Saloojee, the Executive Director of CAIR-CAN, will present the Presumption of Guilt report to the Senate Committee and will speak about the impact of the Anti-Terrorism legislation on Canadian Muslims. The Special Senate Committee meeting is open to the public and will be held on Monday from 1-3:30 p.m. in rm. 9 of the Victoria Building (140 Wellington, Ottawa, ON). You can also watch it online here: http://www.parl.gc.ca/common/Committee_Senwebcast.asp?Language=E&Parl=38&Ses =1 “It is vitally important for the Canadian Muslim voice to be heard on such important issues as the review of the Anti-Terrorism Act and the alarming case of Maher Arar, which has had a profound impact on all Canadians,” says Dr. Khan.