Islamic Heritage Month Statement in the Senate

October 20, 2017

On October 19, 2017 I rose in the Senate Chamber to commemorate Islamic Heritage Month. I rise today to acknowledge that October is Islamic Heritage Month in Canada. As a Muslim who immigrated to this country more than 30 years ago, I…

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Joint Statement by Senator Ataullahjan and Senator Munson after Committee Hearings on Rohingya

October 4, 2017

After ‘heartbreaking’ testimony, Canada must do more to halt Myanmar’s atrocities against Rohingya  Ottawa, October 3, 2017 – As an internationally recognized defender of human rights, Canada must do everything in its power to pressure the Myanmar government to stop its systematic…

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Speech on Motion 240 regarding Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

September 27, 2017

On September 21st, Senator Ataullahjan tabled a Motion in the Senate urging the government of Canada to call upon the government of Myanmar to end the violence against Rohingya Muslims. On September 27th, the Senator gave moved her motion and said:  …

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Speech at the Global Centre for Pluralism in Ottawa

July 17, 2017

  Thank you Khalil, As Salam Alaikum and good afternoon everyone. I would like to thank the Global Centre for Pluralism for inviting me to speak at this important event with the Global Shapers Community, as part of this year’s SHAPE North…

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Statement in the Senate Chamber on the Beginning of Ramadan

May 30, 2017

Honourable senators, I rise today to speak to the month of Ramadan, a holy month that Muslims around the world observe. Ramadan is one of the five pillars or fundamental beliefs of Islam. Muslims observe Ramadan as a commemoration of the revelation…

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Statement about the Terrorist Attack at the Islamic Cultural Centre in Quebec City

January 31, 2017

As Salam Alaikum (peace be upon you) Honourable Senators, I rise before you today in shock, sadness and horror over the massacre which took place at the Islamic Cultural Centre on Sunday in Quebec City. In a targeted act of terror and…

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Statement in the Senate Chamber on Islamophobia

December 8, 2016

On December 7th, during Senator’s Statements in the Senate Chamber, I spoke about the growing issue of Islamophobia in Canada and other Western countries. Honourable senators, I came to this country as a young bride to join my husband, who had moved here as…

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Statement regarding ongoing human rights violations against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

November 18, 2016

Honourable senators, I rise today to speak to you about the plight of the Rohingya minority living in Myanmar, also known as Burma. The Rohingya have been part of the Myanmar landscape for centuries, where they lived in peaceful coexistence with the…

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Inquiry speech: Inter-Parliamentary Union’s Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians

October 18, 2016

Honourable Senators, I rise today to speak about the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians. Senator Fraser has highlighted the extraordinary work of the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the work of the IPU’s Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians…

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Statement on Ramadan

June 7, 2016

Ramadan Hon. Salma Ataullahjan: Honourable senators, I rise to speak to you today about the holy month of Ramadan, which began yesterday. Ramadan is a time of great importance in the Muslim faith because it was when the Quran was revealed, one…

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