Muslim Council of Montreal calls on UN and Canada to condemn violent attacks on peaceful protestors in Syria

April 23, 2011


Montreal, Quebec, April 23rd, 2011- The Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM) called on the United Nations and the Canadian government to condemn the violent crackdown on anti-government protestors in Syria by President Bashar al-Assad.

“Such violence against innocent protestors is a violation of both their basic human rights and international law,” stated Salam Elmenyawi, president of MCM. “Many innocent people have already been injured or killed, simply because they dared to ask for justice and freedom. Canada and the international community must condemn such attacks against peaceful demonstrators, while also sending a United Nations international team to investigate the violations of international human rights law and to bring the perpetrators to justice.”

MCM also calls on all conscious-minded people to pray for the safety and security of the Syrian protestors, as well as for all those killed and injured in the demonstrations and for the establishment of just and free states around the world. “We pray for peace and stability in the Middle East and all around the world, and for the human rights, freedoms and dignity of all people to be protected and secured,” Elmenyawi said.

Syrian demonstrators have been protesting the repressive laws and actions of the Assad regime throughout various cities in the country since January 2011. The months of unrest and violence have left about 300 dead and many more wounded.


Salam Elmenyawi
Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM)
Ph.: (514) 748-8427


The Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM) is an umbrella organization representing a number of Islamic institutions in the Montreal region. There are over 250,000 Muslims in Montreal, about 1,100,000 in Canada and 1.9 billion worldwide.