Open letter re: use by PCH of controversial antisemitism definition - FINAL_EN
6 September 2023
Tendayi Achiume, urged all States to “suspend the adoption and promotion of the working definition and the examples attached to it”, highlighting “the controversial status, divisive effects and negative human rights impacts” of the IHRA WDA. [...] Ministers, applying the IHRA WDA for the purposes of vetting, attestation, and training sets a dangerous precedent that would suppress the fundamental rights of Canadians to freedom of expression protected under section 2(b) of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. [...] Not use the IHRA WDA for the purposes of vetting and attestation of Canadian Heritage applicants and grantees, or for the training of program officers. [...] 3  Opposition to the institutionalization of IHRA in Canada has also been expressed by, inter alia: the New Israel Fund of Canada; the Jewish Faculty Network; the Union of BC Indian Chiefs; the Canadian Labour Congress; the BC Civil Liberties Association; the Canadian As. [...]  The risk of censorship, including loss of funding, meant that several organizations declined to sign this letter in fear of retaliation from the Canadian government.