Muslim charities are disproportionally targeted by CRA over suspicions of financing terrorism, report finds

The CRA's Review and Analysis Division revoked the charitable status of eight organizations between 2008 and 2015. Six were Muslim — yet there is no evidence of any facing terrorism charges.

Why It Matters

Islamic charities provide everything from faith communities to social services for Muslims across Canada. Terrorism-related audits make it more difficult for them to continue this important work.

Muslim charities are disproportionately subjected to secretive, dubiously sourced, and heavy-handed audits by a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) department formed to surveil Canada’s charitable sector for signs of terrorism financing, according to a new report. 

The International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (ICLMG), a coalition of dozens of Canadian civil society organizations, says in its report from May 2021 that the CRA’s Review and Analysis Division (RAD) is under guidance from a 2015 federal risk assessment to focus on Muslim organizations as potential terror threats. In its report, ICLMG says RAD’s audits are carried out in cooperation with national security agencies that have few, if any accountability measures, and ultimately lead to Muslim charities losing their status. 

“The Canadian government’s risk assessment for terrorism financing in the c

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