News Releases & Statements


EN/FR: NCCM & CCLA: Bill 62 Guidelines Cannot Save An Unconstitutional Law / Le CNMC et l’ACLC affirment d’une même voix que les lignes directrices du projet de loi n° 62 ne peuvent pas sauver une loi inconstitutionnelle

Le texte français suivra (Ottawa - May 11, 2018) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), two prominent civil liberties & advocacy organizations, say recently issued guidelines for granting exemptions under Quebec’s Bill 62 “niqab ban” are inherently problematic and do nothing to save a law that is fundamentally unconstitutional. Last October, the NCCM and CCLA filed a lawsuit seeking a stay on the application of Section 10 of the new law, which requires individuals to uncover their faces in order ...

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NCCM Welcomes Removal of Ontario PC Candidate Tanya Granic Allen

Urges all parties to firmly reject bigotry in Canadian politics (Ottawa - May 5, 2018) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties & advocacy organization, welcomes the decision by Ontario PC Party leader Doug Ford to remove Tanya Granic Allen as the PC candidate in the riding of Mississauga Centre. Mr. Ford dismissed Ms. Granic Allen earlier today over what a party statement referred to as her “irresponsible” characterization of “certain issues and people”. “The dismissal of Ms. Granic Allen is long overdue given the ...

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NCCM Welcomes Repatriation of Canadian Citizen Bashir Makhtal

-For Immediate Release- Released from Ethiopia after 11 years of unjust imprisonment (Ottawa - April 21, 2018) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties and advocacy organization, welcomes Bashir Makhtal's return home to Canada to his family after over a decade of unjust imprisonment in Ethiopia. In 2006, Bashir was "extraordinarily renditioned" from Kenya to Ethiopia, where in 2009 he was subjected to a grossly unfair trial on politically-motivated charges, a life sentence, and incommunicado detention. The NCCM has called for ...

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NCCM: 168% Increase in Hate Crimes in Peel Region is Deeply Concerning

-For Immediate Release- Anti-Muslim incidents constitute largest segment of hate crimes (Ottawa - April 20, 2018) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties and advocacy organization, is deeply concerned by a new report submitted to the Peel Police Services Board on hate-motivated crime today. The report reveals a 168% increase in police-reported hate crimes from 2016 to 2017, the majority of which were motivated by anti-religious bigotry. The 2017 annual Hate/Bias Motivated Crime Report shows hate-motivated crimes in Brampton and ...

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NCCM ‘relieved’ as Quebec mosque attacker changes plea to guilty / L’auteur de l’attentat à la mosquée de Québec plaide maintenant coupable : le CNMC est « soulagé »

Le texte français suivra -For Immediate Release- (Quebec City – March 28, 2018) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties and advocacy organization, is relieved that Alexandre Bissonnette pled guilty in a Quebec Superior Court to multiple counts of murder and attempted murder in relation to the shooting attack on the Centre culturel Islamique de Québec (CCIQ) on January 29, 2017. NCCM Executive Director Ihsaan Gardee and Vice-Chair Khalid Elgazzar attended this week’s trial proceedings in Quebec City and were in the court ...

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(EN/FR) NCCM welcomes funding for No-Fly List redress in 2018 federal budget / Le CNMC accueille favorablement le financement pour le redressement de la liste d’interdiction de vol dans le budget fédéral de 2018

Le texte français suivra -For Immediate Release- (Ottawa – February 27, 2018) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties and advocacy organization, welcomes the federal government’s announcement of $81.4 million in funding over 5 years to end the false flagging of innocent persons within Canada’s Passenger Protect Program (PPP), better known as the ‘No-Fly List’. “Today’s funding announcement is a welcome step forward for Canadians mistakenly identified on the No-Fly List, and for their families and supporters who ...

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(EN/FR) NCCM welcomes Heritage Committee’s recommendations on Islamophobia and systemic discrimination / Le CNMC se réjouit des recommandations du Comité du patrimoine concernant l’islamophobie et la discrimination systémique

Le texte français suivra -For Immediate Release- (Ottawa – February 1, 2018) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties and advocacy organization, welcomes the recommendations of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, as contained within its report on Taking Action Against Systemic Racism and Religious Discrimination including Islamophobia released today. “We welcome several of the recommendations made by the Heritage Committee report including Recommendation 30, which calls for the government to designate January 29 ...

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Remembering January 29: Solidarity events with Quebec mosque massacre victims held across Canada

Le texte français suivra -For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - January 29, 2018) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), along with community partners and Canadians from coast to coast, today honours the memory of the six Muslim men brutally murdered in the Quebec City mosque attack on January 29, 2017. On this day last year, six Muslim men were killed and nineteen others injured, some gravely, at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec when a gunman entered the mosque and opened fire on worshippers during evening prayers. The names of the six victims ...

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NCCM ‘relieved’ but ‘unsettled’ by false hate crime report

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa – January 15, 2018) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties & advocacy organization, is relieved but unsettled to learn that an 11-year old Muslim girl’s claim of being attacked by a man who tried to cut her hijab late last week has been found to have not happened after an investigation by the Toronto police service. The girl had earlier stated she was attacked twice by a man with scissors while walking to school with her younger brother on Friday, January 12, 2018. The story made headline ...

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NCCM denounces ‘craven attack’ on Toronto Muslim girl

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - January 13, 2018) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties & advocacy organization, categorically condemns the recent attack on an 11-year old Muslim girl in Toronto who was attacked in broad daylight by a man who attempted to cut off her hijab as she walked to school with her 10-year old brother. See: CBC - 'I felt really scared:' Toronto girl says man tried to cut off her hijab as she walked to school "We denounce this appalling attack and we are relieved that the girl and no other child ...

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