Press Release: CIJA and Atlantic Jewish Council (AJC) applaud the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission

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December 20, 2019

Press Release: CIJA and Atlantic Jewish Council (AJC) applaud the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission

Halifax, NS— Today, the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission formally rescinded the Human Rights Award presented to Rana Zaman of Halifax on Dec. 10.

In response, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) and the Atlantic Jewish Council (AJC) issued the following:

“We commend the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission for recognizing that Ms. Zaman’s public statements “were directly contrary to the principles of the award.” This decision makes clear that people who engage in this type of hateful discourse disqualify themselves as human rights advocates.

“We thank the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission for this decision. Ms. Zaman was expelled as a candidate in the last election for comments unbecoming of a public office holder. She had a chance to make things right, but instead offered a hollow apology and failed to change her behavior.”

Additional Background

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada, including the Atlantic Jewish Council.

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