(FMC -CMF) délégation à l’assemblée nationale# Projet de loi No 59/Canadian Muslim Forum (FMC-CMF) at the National Assembly in Quebec City at the parliamentarian hearing for the proposed bill 59

Man’s family, rights groups to Harper: please help us free Canadian in UAE

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The Right Honourable Stephen Harper

Office of the Prime Minister

80 Wellington Street

Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2

 

July 31st 2015

 

Dear Prime Minister,

We, the undersigned, Canadian national organizations, are calling upon you to use the full power of your office to intervene on behalf of Canadian citizen Salim Alaradi, who has been unlawfully detained in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) since August 2014 without charge. It is vital that Canada demand that he be released unless he is charged immediately with a recognizable criminal offence and brought promptly to trial in fair proceedings. Your intervention is critical in ensuring that Mr. Alaradi’s human rights will be respected and upheld.

Mr. Alaradi is the husband of Canadian citizen Zaghuwan Aliya and the father of five Canadian children: Marwa 17, Nur 14, Mohamed 12, Rayhana 7, and Yasmin 3.

Mr. Alaradi travelled to and from the UAE since 1992 and currently operates Hommer International, a global competitor in home appliances. He has lived in the UAE without restrictions for many years and was a law-abiding resident. On August 28, 2014 Mr. Alaradi was arrested without charge from a hotel during a family vacation in Dubai. He has been arbitrarily detained since that time by the UAE Security Services, without any charges.  He is currently being held at the Wathba Abu Dhabi Prison.

Mr. Alaradi’s situation is urgent. He has a number of pre-existing medical conditions prior to his detention that have increased in severity as a direct result of the detention, along with new medical complaints caused by his detention. In addition to asthma, high cholesterol and vulnerabilities due to an open-heart surgery, he has developed new conditions in his back, major weight loss, eye infection and bronchitis.  Canadian authorities have informed the family that they are seriously concerned about his health after seeing him in a recent visit.

As you are well aware, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that no one may be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or imprisonment. In addition, international human rights standards require that detainees be charged, tried promptly and afforded a fair trial.

Mr. Alaradi’s basic human rights have been violated for almost a year now. There is no legal basis for his detention – he has been not been charged with any recognizable criminal or other offence. UAE lawyers have been unable or prevented from representing Mr. Alaradi due to a lack of accusations and charges and that Mr. Alaradi is currently detained outside of the legal system.

We are now calling upon you, Prime Minister, to take prompt and meaningful action.

We live in a country whose profound commitment to human rights has always been recognized by the international community. It is with the knowledge of and pride in this commitment that we raise Mr. Alaradi’s case with you. We have every expectation that you will remain true to our proud legacy.

Prime Minister, we ask that you intervene vigorously on behalf of Salim’s wife, Zaghuwan, and their five young children. As Canadians, they have every expectation that you will recognize this case as a travesty of justice and do everything in your power to ensure that his rights are fully protected.

Sincerely,

Amnesty International, Alex Neve, Secretary General
International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (Coalition of 43 organizations), Monia Mazigh, National Coordinator
Libyan Canadian Community Organization, Alaa Abushwereb, President
Canadian Council of Muslim Women, Alia Hogben, Executive Director
CODEPINK, Medea Benjamin, co-founder
Canadian Muslim Forum(CMF-FMC), Sameer Zuberi, LL.B., Board Member
Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Sukanya Pillay, Executive Director

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The Honourable, Lynne Yelich, Minsiter of State, Foreign Affairs and Consular
Paul Dewar, Official Opposition Critic for Foreign Affairs
Brian Masse, Official Opposition, MP, Windsor West
Marc Garneau, Liberal Foreign Critic

Le FMC-CMF accueille positivement la lutte contre les crimes haineux/The FMC-CMF welcomes positively the fight against hate crimes

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– POUR DIFFUSION IMMÉDIATE- (Montréal- juillet 03, 2015)

Le Forum musulman canadien accueille positivement la volonté de la ville de Montréal de combattre le fléau des crimes haineux.

« Le SPVM possède actuellement des processus et procédures pour gérer les crimes haineux. Il ne faudrait pas se limiter uniquement aux crimes, mais également inclure les incidents haineux, étant donné que la notion de crime est trop restrictive. La première étape est d’avoir un portrait de la situation d’incidents et de crimes haineux et d’en informer le public.  Il serait intéressant que les postes de quartiers utilisent, peut-être, leur microsite pour recevoir les informations lorsqu’un geste haineux est commis», affirme Samer Majzoub, président du FMC.

Il est crucial d’encourager davantage les citoyens à dénoncer ce genre d’incidents et de crimes haineux, et le corps policiers à les documenter adéquatement et à centraliser leur gestion pour mieux les comprendre, surtout avec la montée de l’islamophobie. « Une fois ces causes comprises, l’ensemble des acteurs de la société, incluant entre autres le SPVM, la ville de Montréal, les organismes publics et communautaires, pourront déterminer de meilleures méthodes de prévention de ces crimes », ajoute M Majzoub.

Le FMC juge primordial que tous les crimes haineux soient inclus dans cette lutte contre le profilage racial et toutes sortes d’actes discriminatoires, incluant l’islamophobie.

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contacts :

Kathy Malas    (514) 594-1402

Samah Jebbari (514) 886-8414

 

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– IMMEDIATE RELEASE – (Montreal-July, 3, 2015)

The Canadian Muslim Forum welcomes the proposal of the city of Montreal to fight hate crimes.

“The SPVM currently has processes and procedures to handle hate crimes. However, it should not be limited only to crimes, but also include hate incidents, since the concept of crime is too restrictive. The first step is to have a picture of the situation of incidents and hate crimes and to inform the public. It would be interesting that local police stations use, perhaps, their microsite to receive information when a hate acts are committed,” said Samer Majzoub, president of FMC.

It is crucial to encourage more citizens to report such incidents and hate crimes, and the police to adequately document and centralize their management to better understand these crimes, especially with the rise of Islamophobia. “Once the causes are well understood, all actors of society, including among others the SPVM, the city of Montreal, government and community organizations, may determine the best methods of prevention of such crimes,” adds Mr. Majzoub.

The CMF considers important that all hate crimes are included in the fight against racial profiling and all kinds of discrimination, including Islamophobia.

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Contacts:

Samer Majzoub (514) 884-0852

Sameer Zuberi   (514) 910-6472

Les projets de loi 59 et 62: (FMC-CMF) reçoit positivement les dispositions sur le discours haineux, mais se préoccupe de l’application de certaines autres/Bills 59 and 62: (FMC-CMF) Welcomes Hate Speech Provisions, But Concerned About Application of Others

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– POUR DIFFUSION IMMÉDIATE – (Montréal – Juin 14, 2015) –

Le Forum musulman canadien (FMC-CMF) a commenté aujourd’hui les projets de loi 59 et 62 introduits par l’Assemblée nationale du Québec plus tôt la semaine passée.

« Globalement, le FMC reçoit positivement les dispositions en lien avec le discours haineux et les pouvoirs accrus de la Commission des Droits de la personne et des Droits de la jeunesse dans le projet de loi 59. Toutefois, le FMC se préoccupe par certaines autres dispositions dans les deux projets de loi qui laissent la porte ouverte à une application erronée », a déclaré Samer Majzoub, président du FMC.

En ce qui concerne les dispositions relatives à la radicalisation menant à la violence, le FMC est profondément préoccupé par les allégations autours des jeunes individus  qui ont tenté de voyager dans les zones de guerre. Cependant, le FMC est inquiet que les dispositions du projet de loi 59 ne seront appliquées que sur les musulmans, alors que la radicalisation menant à la violence prend plusieurs formes, dont plusieurs n’ont aucun lien avec les musulmans Québécois.

En ce qui concerne le voile couvrant le visage, porté par très peu de femmes musulmanes du Québec, le FMC affirme que tous les Québécois devraient avoir le droit d’accéder aux services publics. Actuellement, les femmes musulmanes qui portent ce voile dévoilent leurs visages pour des raisons de sécurité et d’identification. Par ailleurs, le FMC est concerné par l’application des dispositions du projet de loi 62 qui pourrait mener à une interprétation large et libérale par certains fonctionnaires, alors que les tribunaux ont historiquement exigé le contraire.

Le FMC demeure et continue à collaborer avec le gouvernement pour trouver des solutions raisonnables et réalisables.

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Contact : Kathy Malas , (514) 594-1402

Samah Jebbari, (514) 886-8414

English: 

– For Immediate Release –

(Montreal – June 14, 2015) –

The Canadian Muslim Forum (FMC-CMF) today commented on Bills 59 and 62 introduced by Quebec’s national assembly earlier last week.

“Overall, the CMF welcomes the hate speech provisions and the enhanced powers of the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse in Bill 59. However, the CMF is deeply concerned that some other provisions in the two bills leaves the door wide open for erroneous application,” said Samer Majzoub, CMF President.

When it comes to the provisions relating to radicalization leading to violence, the CMF is deeply concerned about allegations that some young individuals attempted to or have traveled to conflict zones. However, CMF is apprehensive that the provisions in Bill 59 will only be applied to Muslims, whereas radicalization leading to violence takes on several forms, many of which have no connection to Muslim Quebecers.

With respect to the face-veil worn by a handful of Quebec Muslim women, the CMF affirms that all Quebecers should have the right to access public services. Currently, Muslim women who wear the face-veil do unveil for bona fide security or identification reasons. However, the CMF is concerned the application of the provisions in Bill 62 will be given a large and liberal interpretation by civil servants, whereas the courts have historically required the opposite.

The CMF continues and remains ready to assist the government in finding reasoned and workable solutions.

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Sameer Zuberi, 514 910 6472

Samer Majzoub,  514 884 0852

(FMC-CMF)exprime ses condoléances pour le décès de Monsieur Jacques Parizeau, ancien premier ministre du Québec/(FMC-CMF)offers condolences for the passing of former Premier of Quebec ,Jacques Parizeau.

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8 juin 2015-Le Forum Musulman Canadien (FMC-CMF) exprime ses condoléances pour le décès de Monsieur Jacques Parizeau,ancien premier ministre du Québec. 

Le Forum Musulman Canadien (FMC-CMF) s’unit à la peine de la famille de  et à tous les Québécois pour la perte de l’ancien premier ministre du Québec, Monsieur Jacques Parizeau.

Monsieur Jacques Parizeau était connu pour son amour du Québec,  des québécois et des québécoises, de la politique et du transfert du savoir.

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June 8, 2015 – The Canadian Muslim Forum offers condolences for the passing of former Premier of Quebec, Jacques Parizeau. 

The Canadian Muslim Forum (FMC-CMF) mourns with the family and all Quebecers for the loss of the former premier minister, Mr Jacques Parizeau.

Mr Jacques Parizeau was known for his love of Quebec and Quebecers, of politics and teaching.

(FMC-CMF) exprime ses condoléances à la suite du décès du CardinalCanadian Muslim Forum offers condolences for Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte’s Passing /(FMC-CMF) offers condolences for Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte’s Passing

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17 Avril 2015-Le Forum Musulman Canadien(FMC-CMF) exprime ses condoléances à la suite du décès du Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte 

Le Forum Musulman Canadien (FMC-CMF) s’unit à la peine de la famille du Cardinal, de la communauté diocésaine de Montréal et à tous les Québécois, pour la perte d’un homme de principes et de dévouement. Le Cardinal Turcotte était connu par sa défense active à la paix et son appel à l’espérance dans un Québec inclusif.

Le FMC entend coopérer avec le Cardinal Christian Lépine pour l’harmonie et l’unité dans la société québécoise.

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April 17 2015 – The Canadian Muslim Forum offers condolences for Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte’s Passing

The Canadian Muslim Forum (FMC-CMF) mourns with all Quebecers the loss of Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte, a man of principals and dignity. Cardinal Turcotte was known to be a peace advocate and called for the inclusivity of Quebec society.

The CMF is ready to work with Cardinal Christian Lépine for the harmony and unity of Quebec society.