News Releases & Statements


NCCM denounces attack on Hamilton Muslim students

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - July 17, 2014) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent Muslim civil liberties advocacy organization, condemned the assault last night on two McMaster University students in Hamilton, Ontario which is being investigated by the Hamilton Police hate crimes unit. According to a media report the victims - both Muslims originally from Egypt - were leaving evening prayers at a local mosque when a group of approximately ten youth yelled racial slurs at them.  Shortly thereafter 3 males from among the group ran towards ...

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NCCM condemns Toronto Councillor Doug Ford’s anti-Muslim remarks

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - July 4, 2014) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent Muslim civil liberties advocacy organization, today condemned anti-Muslim remarks made by Toronto City Councillor Doug Ford. According to reports, in responding to an integrity complaint, Ford told the complainant to "go to hell", and accused him of being part of a "jihad". Ford also told the Toronto Sun on Thursday that "this is not normal in democracy . . . it is a full out jihad against us right now." A day earlier, Ford accused Cynthia Mulligan, a ...

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National human rights group calls for ‘decisive’ government action for Canadian journalist sentenced by Egyptian kangaroo court

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - June 23, 2014) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent Muslim civil liberties and advocacy group, again calls on the federal government to take decisive action to secure the release of Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy. In a long awaited decision, the Canadian-Egyptian Cairo bureau chief for Al Jazeera English was sentenced to seven years on what are widely believed to be politically motivated charges of spreading false news to undermine Egyptian national security and for supporting the Muslim Brotherhood. ...

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NCCM Endorses National Ramadan Campaign to Fight Hunger

For Immediate Release - (Ottawa, June 16, 2014) – The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent Muslim civil liberties organization, is pleased to endorse a national, grassroots campaign aimed at fighting hunger by raising money for food banks during the holy month of Ramadan. Give 30, now in its third year, encourages Canadians of all faiths and backgrounds to share in the giving spirit of the month which begins at the end of June. Canadians donated over $130,000 in previous years. In 2014, nine food banks in five provinces are part of the ...

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NCCM urges Canadian Muslims to renew efforts to combat radicalization

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - June 4, 2014) Following news of another Canadian man who is reported to have died abroad in a suicide attack in Iraq, the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent Muslim civil liberties advocacy organization, is calling upon Canadian Muslim communities to reinvigorate their efforts to combat radicalization towards extremist violence. "We call upon leaders within Canadian Muslim communities to continue to combat the message of violent extremists who attempt to hijack and distort the Islamic faith by using cut-and-...

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NCCM commences defamation lawsuit against PMO

-For Immediate Release- MEDIA CONTACT: Jeff Saikaley, Legal Counsel | Caza Saikaley LLP, 613-565-2292 (Ottawa - May 26, 2014) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties & advocacy organization, has commenced a lawsuit against Jason MacDonald, the Prime Minister's Communications Director, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper for defamation in relation to a media statement made by Mr. MacDonald about the NCCM on January 16, 2014. In response to a January 14th open letter issued by NCCM to the Prime Minister urging him to reconsider ...

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National Muslim advocacy group denounces attempted firebombing of Quebec mosque

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - May 20, 2014) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent Muslim civil liberties advocacy organization, today denounced the recent attempted firebombing of a mosque in Montreal, Quebec. According to a report the suspect attempted to throw a Molotov cocktail through a window at the Centre communautaire islamique Assahaba on Bélanger St. before threatening officers with a sword.  The report goes on to say that this is the fifth time since April that the mosque has been the target of vandals. See: Montreal Gazette ...

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NCCM concerned security certificates decision puts fairness in jeopardy

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - May 14, 2014) Following the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada to uphold the constitutionality of the security certificate system in the case of Ottawa resident Mohamed Harkat, the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent Muslim civil liberties advocacy organization, expressed concerns about upholding a process which can lead to indefinite detention and deportation to torture. "Today's Supreme Court decision acknowledges that the security certificate regime is an imperfect system. Mistakes will happen. As noted ...

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NCCM denounces ‘depraved’ Boko Haram kidnapping and threat to ‘sell captives’

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - May 6, 2014)  A prominent Canadian Muslim civil liberties & advocacy organization has denounced the recent kidnapping and captivity of over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls by the terrorist group Boko Haram, which has claimed responsibility and called the girls "slaves to be sold". The incident has justifiably sparked an international outcry at the severe plight of the young girls. While the National Council of Canadian Muslims' (NCCM) mandate focuses on domestic issues around human rights and civil liberties, the group says the ...

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NCCM urges Foreign Affairs Minister to intervene for Canadian journalist detained in Egypt

-For Immediate Release-  (Ottawa – April 16, 2014)  The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent Muslim civil liberties & advocacy organization, is again urging the Foreign Affairs Minister to aggressively intervene on behalf of a Canadian journalist detained in Egypt for more than 100 days. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird announced that he will travel to Egypt and Oman from April 17 to 20, 2014.  According to Mr. Baird, “this visit will signal Canada’s willingness to support Egypt during this important transition.” As the Cairo ...

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