Amira Elghawaby
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Amira Elghawaby is a journalist and human rights advocate in Ottawa. Follow her on Twitter at @AmiraElghawaby

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Canadian Muslims Can Expect More Discrimination Under Bill C-51

(66) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 8:41 AM

Just over a month ago, Canadian citizen Benamar Benatta quietly settled his lawsuit against the federal government over the unlawful treatment he suffered in the days immediately after 9/11.

Benatta, an Algerian, spent five years in American prisons because Canadian border officials at Fort Erie, Ontario, turned him over to...

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Why Has Canada Still Not Signed the UN's Optional Protocol on Torture?

(2) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 5:43 PM

Canada, along with other democratic nations, is against mob rule. That's essentially what groups like ISIS and their ilk, of various faith denominations and political persuasions, represent. These groups have no time for the rule of law, human rights, or internationally recognized rules of engagement.

Their words...

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Government Spy Agencies Have Too Much Latitude

(2) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 5:22 PM

How much does it concern you that your emails, texts, social media, and phone calls might be monitored?

If recent polling from both around the world and here at home is any indication, it probably concerns you quite a bit.

Earlier this month, the Pew Forum published the...

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Where Are All the Role Models For Girls?

(6) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 1:01 PM

"You can't be what you can't see."
- Marian Wright Edelman, human rights activist

I can't begin to imagine life as a teen-age girl nowadays. Just turn on the television, check out Facebook, stand in a bus station, or take a walk in a mall. The countless images bombarding...

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The Film That Exposes Canada's Secret Trials

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 5:12 PM

"Our strength is in our humanity, in our justice system and in who we are as a people, and if you let fear dictate how you live your life, then you lose everything." - Ahmad Jaballah, son of Mahmoud Jaballah of "The Secret Trial 5"

After four years...

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Why We Must Teach Our Kids to Be "Culturally Bilingual"

(6) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 8:55 AM

The country's largest and most diverse school board was in the spotlight recently for all the wrong reasons.

The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) plan to help Somali-Canadian youth better succeed in school erupted in controversy when a segment of the community denounced the efforts.

"Our children are born and...

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No Turbans on TV: Have News Anchors Failed Democracy?

(20) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 5:24 PM

Recently, a former Quebec journalist argued that Canada's mainstream broadcasters were hypocritical for seeming to lend a sympathetic ear to those opposing the proposed Charter of Values.

"Not a kippa, hijab, cross or turban in sight. Religious symbols are, quite simply, not part of the TV news uniform; never have...

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