Task Force Reports on Muslim Student Rights

March 27, 2007

Author: Ragini Kashyap

Source: The Gazette


Last week, a division of the Canadian Federation of Students released a report on human rights that is the first of its kind in North America.

The report was drafted by the Task Force on the Needs of Muslim Students at Ontario colleges and universities. It includes input from almost 1,000 Muslim students across 17 universities, including many Western students.

The report, in production since September 2006, discusses compromises Muslim students make to fit into university and aims to help colleges and universities better understand their needs.

Incorporating input from Ontario Human Rights Commissioner Barbara Hall, students, staff members, administration and government officials, the report proposes solutions to problems found at certain universities and addresses several areas of concern.

“The report will be applicable to all students, Muslim or not, as it has done its best to frame the Human Rights Code in an understandable manner to empower students and provide them with a tool to ensure their own rights,” said Jesse Greener, chairperson of the CFS.