News Releases & Statements


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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National Muslim advocacy group denounces Quebec mosque vandalism

French version follows ‎-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa – April 9, 2014) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent Muslim civil liberties advocacy organization, today denounced the recent vandalism of a mosque in Montreal, Quebec. According to reports vandal(s) threw an axe through a window the Centre communautaire islamique Assahaba on Bélanger St. with the words t “F--- Liberals and “we will scalp Muslims” written on the axe. An Islamic community centre in Montreal's East-End had an axe thrown through its window with an anti-Muslim ...

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National Muslim advocacy organization calls on new Quebec government to rebuild bridges

English version follows -Pour diffusion immédiate - Un groupe de revendication musulman national demande au nouveau gouvernement du Québec de rétablir des ponts (Ottawa, Canada – 8 avril 2014) À la suite de la récente campagne électorale conflictuelle et forte en discours au Québec, le Conseil national des musulmans canadiens (CNMC) demande au gouvernement nouvellement élu d’assurer un Québec pour tous à ses citoyens actuels et futurs. Il appartient maintenant au gouvernement de rétablir un environnent d’équité et de justice et de réparer ...

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NCCM welcomes PQ candidate’s resignation; calls for party to condemn Islamophobia

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa, Canada - March 13, 2014) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties & advocacy organization, welcomes the resignation of Parti Québécois (PQ) candidate Jean Carrière following news that he posted an anti-Muslim photo on social media. The image, posted on Facebook, featured a topless model extending a middle finger, with the inscription "F- Islam". "We welcome the news of Mr. Carrière's resignation. His Facebook posting is deeply offensive to all Canadians and runs contrary to universal ...

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PMO receives libel notice from national Muslim organization

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - January 28, 2014) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent Muslim civil liberties & advocacy organization, has initiated a Notice of Libel against the Prime Minister's Office for a "false, offensive and defamatory" statement made about NCCM by Jason MacDonald, the PMO's Director of Communications, in an interview with Sun News on January 16th. Both MacDonald and Prime Minister Stephen Harper are named as parties in the legal notice.  The PMO's statement was issued in response to concerns NCCM raised in ...

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NCCM urges Foreign Affairs Minister to seek release of Canadian journalist detained in Egypt

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - January 15, 2013) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) urges Foreign Affairs to aggressively intervene on behalf of a Canadian journalist detained in Egypt for more than 17 days in an open letter released today. Mohamed Fahmy, Canadian-Egyptian journalist and the Cairo bureau chief for Al-Jazeera English was detained, along with his colleagues, by Egyptian authorities on December 29, 2013. He was arrested on accusations of spreading lies harmful to the state and joining a terrorist organization. Mr. Fahmy has not been ...

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NCCM urges Prime Minister to rescind travel invitation for controversial guest on visit to Israel

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - January 14, 2014)  A controversial religious leader who spoke in favour of anti-Muslim campaigners should not be personally accompanying Prime Minister Stephen Harper on his official visit to Israel, says a prominent national Muslim advocacy organization in an open letter. The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) says it was recently announced that Rabbi Daniel Korobkin would be formally joining the Prime Minister on his flight and visit to Israel, as part of a Canadian Jewish delegation. On September 17, 2013, Mr. ...

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NCCM expresses concern about bomb threat at Vancouver mosque

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - December 31, 2013) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) today expressed concern regarding the recent bomb threat at a Vancouver area mosque as reported in the media. According to the report the threat came into the mosque from an unknown caller around 6 PM local time yesterday. In a statement released today NCCM stated: "While we are relieved that the bomb threat at the mosque in Vancouver turned out to be a hoax, it is still troubling and something that the community takes very seriously," says Ihsaan Gardee, NCCM ...

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