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Canada B.C. human rights commissioner reminds victims of anti-Muslim hate crimes there is legal help

00:30  11 june  2021
00:30  11 june  2021 Source:   cbc.ca

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A man accused of killing four members of a Canadian Muslim family by running them over in his pickup truck, targeted them in an attack motivated by hate , police said on Monday. Police in London, Ontario, citing witnesses, said that 20-year-old Nathaniel Veltman, jumped the curb in his vehicle on Sunday He is due back in court on Thursday after being remanded to custody on Monday. " There is evidence that this was a planned, premeditated act, motivated by hate ," Detective Superintendent Paul Waight of the London police department told reporters. "We believe the victims were targeted because of their

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Kasari Govender standing in front of a car: B.C. Human Rights Commissioner Kasari Govender says hate crimes against Muslims in Canada grew 253 per cent between 2012 and 2015, © Harold Dupuis/CBC B.C. Human Rights Commissioner Kasari Govender says hate crimes against Muslims in Canada grew 253 per cent between 2012 and 2015,

Kasari Govender wants British Columbians to know they are not alone if they are the victim of a hate crime; they also have the law on their side.

The province's human rights commissioner, speaking Thursday on CBC's The Early Edition, said anti-Muslim hate has been on the rise in Canada and it is important people know that they have human rights protections and legal recourse through the country's Criminal Code.

Govender's reminder comes in the wake of a fatal vehicle attack on a Muslim family of five in London, Ont., Sunday that killed four and left a young boy orphaned.

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Understanding Anti - Muslim Hate Crimes - Addressing the Security Needs of Muslim Communities: A Practical Guide. Intolerance against Muslims in any form — be it violence, discrimination, harassment or online abuse — has a detrimental effect on the lives of Muslim individuals and communities. This publication provides a methodology for mapping unreported hate crimes against selected communities using a respondent-driven sampling (RDS) technique. It has been developed as part of a project developed by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) to build a

Anti - Muslim hate crimes used to be the second-least reported, but in 2001, they became the second-highest reported among religious-bias incidents, after anti-Jewish hate crimes . But while Jews are consistently targeted for their faith, the number of incidents has dropped significantly since 2008. The story you just read is freely available and accessible to everyone because readers like you support The World financially. Thank you all for helping us reach our goal of 1,000 donors. We couldn’t have done it without your support. Your donation directly supported the critical reporting you rely on, the consistent

Police have described the deadly hit and run as a premeditated hate crime.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has since called it a terrorist attack and reiterated in the House of Commons Tuesday it is not an isolated event.

The Quebec City mosque massacre, the September murder of a man at a Rexdale, Ont., mosque and multiple less violent — but still alarming — episodes like the recent harassment of Black Muslim women in Edmonton reveal a troubling streak of Islamophobia in Canada, Trudeau said.

"We know that hate crimes against Muslims in Canada grew 253 per cent between 2012 and 2015, so definitely on the rise," said Govender.

Accessing legal help

In B.C., the Islamophobia Legal Assistance Hotline can help Muslims who have been, or fear they could be, the subject of discrimination and attacks. It's a service that connects people with free and confidential legal advice.

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With hate crimes befalling Muslims far less often than they do Jews or homosexuals and bisexuals and slightly less often than they befall blacks, it is clear that anti - Muslim incidents are disproportionate to those targeting other minorities only in terms of the hype generated on their behalf. Another source of incompleteness is that not all local law-enforcement agencies take part in the FBI’s tabulation, but once again there is no obvious bias here that would preferentially diminish hate crimes against Muslims . Also note that the percentage of participating agencies (see the FBI’s Table 12) is large and

(1) RIGHTS .--The crime victim or the crime victim 's lawful representative, and the attorney for the Government may assert the rights described in subsection (a). A person accused of the crime may not obtain any form of relief under this chapter. ( B ) require a course of training for employees and offices of the Department of Justice that fail to comply with provisions of Federal law pertaining to the treatment of crime victims , and otherwise assist such employees and offices in responding more effectively to the needs of crime victims

Lawyer Hasan Alam, the hotline's community liaison, says it can be a very helpful service for people who are not familiar with Canada's legal system or if English is not their first language. Alam said hotline staff can also connect people with professional counsellors.

The Islamophobia Legal Assistance Hotline can be reached at 604-343-3828.

a person standing next to a car: A woman wearing a face mask reacts near flowers laid at the fatal crime scene in London, Ont., where a man driving a pickup truck jumped the curb and ran over a Muslim family in what police say was a deliberately targeted anti-Islamic hate crime. © Carlos Osorio/Reuters A woman wearing a face mask reacts near flowers laid at the fatal crime scene in London, Ont., where a man driving a pickup truck jumped the curb and ran over a Muslim family in what police say was a deliberately targeted anti-Islamic hate crime.

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The B.C. Human Rights Clinic also operates a telephone info line which provides general information about the B.C. Human Rights Code. The info line can be reached toll free at 1-855-685-6222.

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Incidents of anti - Muslim hate crimes are on the rise, according to the Canadian Arab Federation. Since the Paris attacks in November, there 's been a sharp spike — enough that the National Council of Canadian Muslims created an online map to track such incidents. The incidents grab the attention of Some may even be silently agreeing with the offensive comments. "In order to want to help someone, you need to feel empathy for that person and the situation they find themselves in," she says. "When you are prejudiced, there is a greater 'us versus them' divide and you are more inclined to only want

Killing of Canadian Muslim family with truck was hate crime -police - Copyright Thomson Reuters 2021. Veltman, a resident of London who was arrested after the incident, has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder. He is due back in court on Thursday after being remanded to custody on Monday. “ There is evidence that this was a planned, premeditated act, motivated by hate ,” Detective Superintendent Paul Waight of the London police department told reporters.

The clinic, operated by the Community Legal Assistance Society, offers free virtual appointments with legal experts.

Far right extremism rising

The federal government has identified far right extremism and hate as a major threat to the country.

In January, a research report by the Department of National Defence said far right extremism is on the rise in Canada and is likely to continue to increase —especially under pandemic circumstances.

Govender said her office is working to let people who have been, or may be, targeted by extremists know what their legal options are.

"There are mechanisms for redress under the criminal law, which I think a lot of people are aware of ... what many folks aren't aware of is that the human rights system also allows for redress against hate in certain circumstances, and that can lower the bar in terms of that standard of proof that's required," said Govender.

Unchecked online hate

University of Northern British Columbia student Nadia Mansour, 18, is a hijab-wearing Muslim living in Prince George who told CBC she is afraid of being violently attacked after what happened in Ontario.

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She said unchecked hate speech online enables vitriol, sparks violence and needs to be cracked down on harder by Canadian officials.

"Online is a huge platform where I feel like a lot of conversations are triggered or talked about where people feel safer to have these terrible conversations," said Mansour.

Online, said Govender, is where Canadian laws and human rights legislation could better serve citizens.

She said Canada's Criminal Code does equate online hate speech with in-person hate speech but the burden of proof is high and there are defences built in that can favour the perpetrator, such as things that were said on the basis of genuine religious belief.

Human rights law right in Canada, according to Govender, doesn't currently have explicit protections against online speech and she says she'd like to see that change.

"The substance of the speech, doesn't matter whether it happens on Facebook, on a Facebook post, or in- person or on a poster, it should be covered by human rights law," said the commissioner.

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