National Security: How Well Do the Major Parties Balance Security With Civil Rights?

As part of the Your Voice voter education campaign, the Canadian-Arab Institute, in partnership with the National Council on Canada-Arab Relations, continued their webinar series with a special webinar on national security and civil rights.

Watch this webinar to learn about legislation and cases that have impacted Arabs and Muslims over the past year. To what extent does Bill C-51 threat Canadian’s rights? Whose citizenship is in danger of revocation following the passage of Bill C-24? Did you know that Canada has a law that is called Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act?

Our Presenters

Faisal KuttyFaisal Kutty

Faisal Kutty is an associate professor and director of the International LL.M. Program at Valparaiso University Law School in Indiana and an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University.

He is a co-founder and currently serves as counsel to KSM Law, a Toronto-based law firm. During his 18-year legal career he has represented dozens of individuals and institutions caught up in anti-terror investigations and national security matters.

He co-founded and served as general counsel for the Canadian Muslim Civil Liberties Association (CMCLA) while still a law student.  He also co-founded and served as vice-chair and legal counsel to the Canadian Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) now known as the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM).

He is a regular commentator on anti-terrorism law, national security, Islamic law, constitutional law, human rights and Muslims. He has been quoted in numerous academic and non-academic publications and by media outlets around the world.  His Opeds have appeared in The Toronto Star, The National Post, The Globe and Mail, Al Jazeera, Arab News, Al ahram, Indian Express and numerous other publications. He also blogs at the Huffington Post.


 

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Raja Khouri

Raja G. Khouri is co-founder of the Canadian Arab Institute. He is a commissioner with the Ontario Human Rights Commission, committee member of Human Rights Watch Canada, and co-founder of the Canadian Arab/Jewish Leadership Dialogue Group. Raja formerly served on several government and civil society bodies, such as Ontario’s Hate Crimes Community Working Group, the Minister of Education’s Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy Roundtable, Pride Toronto Community Advisory Panel, the Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs, and as advocacy co-chair of Human Rights Watch Canada.

He also served as president of the Canadian Arab Federation in the period following the events of 9/11, authoring the book Arabs in Canada: Post 9/11. For many years Raja was an international consultant in organizational development and capacity building focusing on civil society and human rights work.


 

Rula OdehRula Odeh 

Rula Odeh, the Executive Director of the National Council on Canada-Arab Relations (NCCAR), has served on the NCCAR board for the past five years including as President in 2009-2010. She has played a leadership role is in several organizations advocating for Canadian policies in the Middle East based on human rights, equality and freedom.

Her interest in Canadian media’s representation of Canada’s foreign policy in the Middle East has resulted in a CBC Ombudsman review of a biased news report, several published opinion pieces in Canadian media and numerous appearances on TV and radio. Rula has participated in regular interactions with parliamentarians and diverse community organizations.

 

Disclaimer: All opinions expressed by the webinar participants are solely their opinions and do not reflect the opinions of NCCAR, its board and or affiliates or the organizations or companies with which the webinar or the participants are affiliated, and may have been previously disseminated by them. The participants’ opinions are based upon information they consider reliable, but neither NCCAR nor its affiliates, nor the organizations or companies with which such participants are affiliated, warrant its completeness or accuracy, and it should not be relied upon as such.