News Releases & Statements


Rights Groups Call for Public Inquiry into Case of Edmonton Constable Accused of Arresting Witness in Own Hearing

- For Immediate Release – Groups say Downing’s recent return to active duty is concerning (Ottawa – July 8, 2019) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) and the undersigned organizations are calling for a public inquiry after an Edmonton police officer, Constable Nathan Downing, was put back on active duty. Constable Downing was accused of using excessive force and racist slurs during the arrest of Edmonton man Nasser El-Hallak. Downing was recently permitted to return to active duty despite a disciplinary hearing arising from these allegations, and also ...

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NCCM Supports Addition of Far Right Extremist Groups to Terror List

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - June 26, 2019) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) supports the federal government’s decision to add far-right extremist groups ‘Blood & Honor’ and ‘Combat 18’ (the armed branch of Blood & Honor) on Canada’s list of terrorist organizations. Members of the groups have been convicted in relation to a number of criminal activities and incidents inspired by white-supremacist and neo-Nazi ideologies. “Today’s news is a first step toward countering white supremacist and far-right extremism in our ...

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Civil Liberties Groups launch Legal Challenge Against Bill 21

Le texte françias suit  NCCM & CCLA apply for a stay of the discriminatory recently passed Bill 21 (Montreal – June 17, 2019) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) today filed a legal challenge in the Quebec Superior Court to stay the application of Quebec’s Bill 21: An Act Respecting the Laicity of the State (Bill 21), which was passed into law late Sunday evening by the Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ). The NCCM & CCLA lawsuit challenges the validity of the new law, contending that it is ...

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NCCM To Be Present at Disciplinary Hearing For Officer Accused of Islamophobic Slurs and Excessive Force

Executive Director Mustafa Farooq in Edmonton today for the hearing (Edmonton – May 27, 2019) Today in Edmonton the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties and advocacy organization, will be present the disciplinary hearing for Constable Nathan Downing in Edmonton. Const. Downing is accused of using Islamophobic slurs and excessive force against Mr. Nasser El Hallak two years ago, leading to facial fractures and other injuries. The defendant has denied all such claims. In a statement of claim filed in 2017, Mr. Hallak accuses ...

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Hate Incident at Quebec City Mosque Leaves Worshippers in Fear

Le texte françias suit – For Immediate Release – NCCM calls for increased police presence during Ramadan (Quebec – May 25, 2019) When the Quebec City Mosque was attacked on January 29, 2017, we were all in shock and fear. Canadians and Quebecers swore that we would act so that worshippers of all religions would feel safe. NCCM is deeply concerned to hear about an assault that took place at the Quebec City Mosque. According to witness accounts, the perpetrator yelled Islamophobic and anti-immigrant messages while physically assaulting one of the congregants...

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New Poll Shows 1 in 4 Canadians Believe Anti-Muslim Prejudice is Becoming More Acceptable

- For Immediate Release – NCCM notes correlation between poll and increased hate crimes targeting Muslims (Ottawa – May 21, 2019) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties and advocacy organization, is deeply concerned to learn of a new poll showing that more than a quarter of Canadians feel it has become “more acceptable” to be prejudiced against Muslims over the past five years. The survey of just over 1,000 Canadians was conducted in April this year by Ipsos. “This new data, while concerning, is not a surprise to us ...

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NCCM Welcomes Changes to Security Infrastructure Program

Broadening of SIP funding an important step in making Canadians safer in places of worship (Ottawa – May 16, 2019) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) welcomes the announcement by the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness this morning regarding the expansion of the Security Infrastructure Program (SIP). “The changes, which allow for dedicated funding to train staff around emergency preparedness, as well as expanding the scope of security enhancements, is welcome and an important step in making Canadians safer,” says Mustafa Farooq, NCCM ...

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NCCM: Bill 21 Hearings Are Little More Than ‘Political Theatre’

Le texte françias suit Hearings may give illusion of democracy, but religious groups affected by the Bill aren’t fooled. (Montreal - May 7, 2019) Today, as hearings commence in Quebec for Bill 21, the Quebec branch of the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) participated in a press conference earlier this morning alongside a number of organizations representing religious minorities. The groups gathered to express their staunch opposition to the lack of consultation with religious communities most seriously affected by the discriminatory Bill 21. “The ...

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NCCM Says Bill C-59 Doesn’t Go Far Enough To Protect Civil Liberties of Canadians

NCCM representatives to appear at Senate hearing on Bill C-59 today (Ottawa – May 6, 2019) Following many years of sustained advocacy on national security files affecting Canadian Muslims, the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) will present at the Senate hearing on Bill C-59, An Act Respecting National Security Matters. Bill C-59 was tabled by the Liberal government to make critical improvements to existing national security laws enacted by the previous Conservative government (namely, Bill C-51). As Mustafa Farooq, Executive Director of the NCCM noted, ...

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2017 Hate Crime Data Reveals Stark Increase in Anti-Muslim Attacks

Expanded data released today shows some consideration for intersectionality and online hate; but NCCM says more work on these gaps is required. (Ottawa – April 30, 2019) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) has reviewed today’s release of expanded data on police-reported hate crimes in 2017 by Statistics Canada. Short-release data from 2017 published in November last year showed a disturbing spike in hate crimes generally (47% increase), as well as for crimes specifically targeting Muslims (up 151%). Today’s expanded data includes further details on ...

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