Civil rights group says racial and religious profiling dogs people at border

Wed, 2010-02-10 10:20.

By: THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – A civil liberties coalition says racial and religious
profiling has become a fact of life when crossing the Canada-U.S.
border.

The Ottawa-based International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group
wants Parliament to review the way people are treated at border points
and airports, saying the practices are unconstitutional.

It also calls for creation of an outside watchdog to monitor the Canada Border Services Agency.

The organization teamed up with other rights and labour groups today
to release a report based in part on personal stories of people who say
they’ve been unduly hassled at the border.

The report says many travellers with common names such as Smith,
Martin and Khan, have been victimized by no-fly rosters and other
watchlists.

But it stresses that members of Muslim and Arab communities have borne much of the brunt of the security measures.

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