Islamophobia in Canada

130 Canadian civil society groups call to halt prejudiced targeting of Muslim charities

130 Canadian civil society groups call to halt prejudiced targeting of Muslim charities

More than 130 Canadian civil society groups, charities and Muslim institutions have called for a probe into what they describe as “Islamophobic” tax audits that unfairly target Muslim charities.

AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): More than 130 Canadian civil society groups, charities and Muslim institutions have called for a probe into what they describe as “Islamophobic” tax audits that unfairly target Muslim charities.

"Targeting Muslim charities on the basis of terrorist financing suspicions simply because of the religion they uphold is Islamophobic and prejudiced," they said in a letter, sent to the Ottawa government.

The letter called on the government to issue a review of the Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) processes in auditing charitable organizations in the country to ensure a lack of bias or racial prejudice.

“Dismantling this prejudice is the first step in fighting against hate,” added the letter, also signed by groups such as the National Council of Canadian Muslims, Edmonton Islamic Center and London Muslim Mosque, which have been hit hard in recent months by anti-Muslim attacks targeting their communities.

"The profiling and targeting of the Muslim community is, in and of itself, deeply damaging and a violation of fundamental rights," the letter read, calling for an "immediate moratorium" on all audits targeting Muslim charities until a review is completed.

"Not only are Muslim organizations being targeted by the government with questionable and unfounded allegations of promoting radicalization, the process of an audit, and possible revocation, creates a chilling effect that can cripple the Canadian Muslim charitable community," it added.

The letter also called on Ottawa to undo “systemic racism” in government policies in the name of “national security,” adding, "Action on this is urgent and crucial. It is imperative to address and undo systemic racism, xenophobia and Islamophobia in Canada's pursuit of 'national security'."




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