Nobel Prize Winner Tawakkol Karman addresses the crowd this weekend at the Canadian Museum of History
As-salaamu alaikum | Peace be with you
Every day, we open the newspaper or our phones and see the latest news of horrific things happening around the world. Whether it is to our Uyghur brothers and sisters in China, to Palestinians, to Indian Muslims, to Afghans, and so many others, there is much injustice in the world that we need to change.
That's why hundreds of Canadian leaders, from different faith backgrounds, partisan backgrounds, and perspectives, came together in Ottawa to engage in a conversation to answer a simple question: how can Canada better stand for justice and challenge Islamophobia globally?
In an event headlined by a Nobel Prize winner, and including discussions with members from every major political party, we were proud to come together with our co-partners, Islamic Relief Canada and ISNA Canada.
This wasn't just a conversation or a convention or a conference - this was the beginning of a movement. And that's why hundreds of leaders converged the next day on Parliament Hill to demand, amongst other things, that Parliamentarians move swiftly on passing a piece of legislation, with critical amendments, that would ban products that originated in East Turkestan given the ongoing genocide against the Uyghur people.
We believe that we are close to getting this piece of legislation through. If you believe that advocacy of this nature is important - if you believe in a different vision of the future - please donate today to support our team of advocates, lawyers, community organizers, and journalists who stand for you day in and day out.
Our major ask on our Foreign Affairs Advocacy Day, where we met over 60 Ministers, leaders, and MPs from every single federal political party on the Hill, was simple: no more products should come to Canada that arise from the Uyghur genocide in China.
Currently, we know that many products do come to Canada (like tomatoes and textiles) that originate from East Turkestan where massive human rights atrocities are taking place. Our ask was simple: we want a piece of legislation called S-211, which requires companies to disclose and report on forced labour practices, to pass swiftly through committee, but to also introduce an amendment in committee that bans all products (with a reverse onus exemption) that arise from East Turkestan.
Our delegates also chatted about numerous other topics, from aid to Afghanistan to ICC jurisdiction in the Occupied Territories to the challenge of parts of the G-20 taking place in Kashmir.
We also want to thank our brave Canadian Uyghur leaders who passionately led the way in telling their stories and leading us in calling for change.