2 Muslim inmates file rights complaints against Alberta prison
‘Our religion was trumped because of band practice,’ complainant says
By Maureen Brosnahan, CBC News
November 3, 2015
Two Muslim inmates have filed complaints with the Canadian Human Rights Commission over their treatment at Grande Cache Institution, a federal prison in northwestern Alberta.
Nicolas Hovanesian, 30, and Mohammed Karim, 35, say they have been called terrorists, subjected to racist jokes and refused adequate time for prayers and ceremonies in the prison chapel.
The alleged incidents took place over the past two years.
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Amira Elghawaby, communications director with the National Council of Canadian Muslims, told CBC News she is aware of the complaints and has heard of similar cases across the country. « There should be a standard of spiritual care that is provided across the board and there should not be any discrimination or any kind, » she said…