North America’s Civil Society Consultation on Counter-Terrorism Measures

The Canadian Muslim Public Affairs Council (CMPAC) proudly participated in the North America (U.S. and Canada) Civil Society Consultation on the Impact of Counter-Terrorism Measures on Civil Society and Civic Space. Co-convened by the Charity & Security Network, this consultation brought together several key civil society organizations, including CMPAC, to discuss the implications of counter-terrorism […]

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Civil Society Coalition Outlines Bill C-20 Amendment Recommendations

Sep 28, 2023 JOINT STATEMENT ON URGENT NEED FOR ACTION TO ENSURE ACCOUNTABLE, INDEPENDENT AND EFFECTIVE REVIEW OF THE RCMP AND CBSA IN BILL C-20 Our organizations, with decades of expertise in the areas of immigration and refugee law, criminal law, human rights, international law, civil liberties, and national security, are coming together to ensure […]

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Financial Action Task Force preventing unintended regulatory consequences

Aug 18, 2023 CMPAC submitted feedback on the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) Recommendation 8 Interpretive note, which gives guidance on balancing terrorism financing risks with affording charities due process and reasonable treatment.   We support the removal of specific sanctions examples that have been misapplied in the Canadian Anti-Terrorism Financing regime and resulted in over-policing […]

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Financial Action Task Force Submission on the Financial Abuse of Charities

Aug 18, 2023 CMPAC’s submission to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) provides recommendations on the Best Practices Paper to Combat Abuse of Non-Profit Organizations. Our recommendations bring focus to the needed reforms in guidelines that shape anti-terrorsim financing policies, including influencing the Canada Revenue Agency.  We draw attention to the well-documented and biased over […]

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Consultation Submission addressing the financial targeting of Muslim Communities and Charities

CMPAC’s submission to the Department of Finance responds to a consultation on Canada’s Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorist Financing Regime. Our remarks challenge the assumption that Muslim charitable organizations are at an inherently elevated risk, pointing to the absence of evidence linking charities to terrorist financing and the overall compliance track record of the sector.  We […]

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Submission to Public Safety and National Security on Bill C-20

Jun 7, 2023 Bill C-20 establishes a Public Complaints and Review Committee that will oversee civilian complaints about some Canadian Border Security Agency (CBSA) and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) activity. The legislation falls short in a few areas, including delivering true recourse for victims of unfair treatement at the hands of the CBSA and RCMP. […]

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Senate Committee Testimony

Sep 22, 2022 CMPAC presented before the Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights’ hearings on the prevalence of Islamophobia in Canada. Our testimony drew attention to the professionalized Islamophobia networks at play in bolstering systemic and institutional Islamophobia, including their role in influencing public discourse on how Muslims ought to be treated. Our testimony points […]

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