News Releases & Statements


NCCM, UARR Welcome WCAI Decision to Postpone Hate Rally

(Toronto - August 9, 2018) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) and the Urban Alliance on Race Relations (UARR) welcome news of the postponement of an anti-Muslim hate rally which was due to be held in Toronto on Saturday August 11 by the self-proclaimed “Worldwide Coalition Against Islam” (WCAI). The NCCM, UARR and a consortium of community organizations were due to hold a News Conference at Toronto City Hall to denounce this rally on Friday morning. This conference is now cancelled. “While we welcome the postponement of the planned rally, we note ...

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NCCM Condemns Horrific Shooting in Toronto

- For Immediate Release - (Ottawa – July 23, 2018) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties & advocacy organization, categorically condemns the repulsive attack last night in Toronto. According to police and media reports, a gunman opened fire on a bustling street in the Danforth area, shooting fifteen people. Two victims have died. Toronto Police are continuing to investigate, but have identified the shooter as Faisal Hussain. “We are shocked and angered by this shooting attack in Toronto. This was a horrific act of violence. ...

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NCCM Denounces Hate-Motivated Assault of Mississauga Man

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa – July 18, 2018) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties & advocacy organization, condemns in the strongest possible terms the brutal assault of a Mississauga man, Muhammad Abu Marzouk, near the Mississauga Valley Community Centre on Sunday night following a picnic with his family. According to media reports, Mr. Marzouk and his family - including his wife and two young daughters - were returning home when two men who were passing began kicking the victim’s car, shouting at the family ...

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EN/FR: NCCM & CCLA Successfully Obtain Renewed Stay Against Quebec’s Bill 62 / Le CNMC et l’ACLC parviennent à obtenir un autre sursis sur l’adoption du projet de loi 62 du gouvernement du Québec

Le texte français suivra - For Immediate Release - (Ottawa – June 29, 2018) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), two prominent civil liberties & advocacy organizations, have successfully obtained a further stay of section 10 of Quebec’s religious neutrality law, commonly known as Bill 62. Last December, the Quebec Superior Court granted the NCCM and CCLA an interim stay until July 1, 2018, pending the Quebec government’s release of official guidelines governing how the restriction on face ...

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NCCM Condemns Arson Attack On Alberta Mosque

Welcomes RCMP Decision to Treat As Hate Crime -For Immediate Release- (Ottawa – June 17, 2018) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties & advocacy organization, condemns in the strongest terms the brazen arson attack on the Edson mosque in Alberta late on Saturday evening. Security footage outside the mosque showed a person in a black hoodie, holding a red jerry can, leaving the premises shortly after 11PM. The blaze burned for approximately fifteen minutes before firefighters arrived at the scene to extinguish it. "We ...

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NCCM Denounces Islamophobic Vandalism at Scarborough School

Welcomes Swift Action by City Staff & Police (Ottawa – May 22, 2018) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties and advocacy organization, denounces the vandalism of an Islamic school in Scarborough over the long weekend. Police confirmed they responded to a call regarding the incident on Monday morning after a city councillor who was passing by noticed the spray-painted graffiti on the side wall of the Wali ul Asr school. The graffiti contained racist and deeply offensive terminology. “We strongly condemn the Islamophobic ...

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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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