David Matas

B’nai Brith to Intervene in Landmark Case Before the Supreme Court of Canada

Feb. 12, 2021 OTTAWA – B’nai Brith Canada will be intervening in a landmark case before the Supreme Court of Canada next week. Our League for Human Rights will be offering its perspective for the Court to consider when examining the use of humour as a potential defence for the promotion of discrimination. The hearing …

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Deport Helmut Oberlander Immediately

October 22, 2020 B’nai Brith Canada TORONTO – B’nai Brith Canada demands that the federal government ensure the swift deportation of ex-Nazi Helmut Oberlander. Oberlander and his legal team have long stalled his deportation with endless legal challenges and delays. Last December, Oberlander’s appeal effort was rejected by the Supreme Court of Canada. Now, the Immigration and Refugee …

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Tackling Online Hate and Antisemitism: B’nai Brith Urges Government Action

September 10, 2020 B’nai Brith Canada OTTAWA – B’nai Brith Canada is pushing for forthright action by the Government of Canada to confront online hate and antisemitism. Recommendations on a mix of policy and legal remedies were presented during September 4 consultations between B’nai Brith Canada and Canadian officials including MP Arif Virani, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister …

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Change Is Needed at the United Nations

July 17, 2020 B’nai Brith Canada TORONTO – B’nai Brith Canada is calling for change at the United Nations in response to its systemic antisemitism and anti-Israel bias. Recent documents by the United Nations Human Rights Council and its Special Rapporteur ‘on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967’ have once again called into …

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B’nai Brith Canada Launches Lawsuit Against Federal Government

B’nai Brith Canada OTTAWA – B’nai Brith Canada has filed a lawsuit against the federal government, citing its failure to comply with a motion to list Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), in its entirety, as a terrorist organization. The action, specifically launched against both the government and the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, comes …

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Federal Government Put on Notice by Canadian Jewish and Iranian Groups

January 13, 2020 B’nai Brith Canada OTTAWA – Leaders from Canada’s Iranian and Jewish communities have given the federal government 30 days’ notice to list Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in its entirety as a terrorist organization. At a news conference in Ottawa Monday, leaders from the Council of Iranian Canadians, the Justice 88 Campaign and B’nai Brith Canada urged the government to …

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B’nai Brith Canada Proposes Outline to House of Commons on How to Better Combat Online Hate

May 2, 2019 OTTAWA – Recommendations on how to better combat online hatred were made Thursday by B’nai Brith Canada representatives to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. David Matas (Senior Legal Counsel) and Brian Herman (Director, Government Relations) submitted oral and written proposals on the subject. As revealed in our 2018 Audit …

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