Minister of State Uppal addresses Ahmadiyya Muslim Community at
LONDON, United Kingdom, Aug. 30, 2014 /CNW/ - Tim Uppal, Minister of
State for Multiculturalism, addressed participants of the Jalsa Salana
2014 International Convention today, highlighting Canada's leadership
on human rights issues and emphasizing the importance of religious
acceptance and inclusion, in both Canada and abroad.
Minister Uppal is in London as part of the Canadian delegation to the
Jalsa Salana UK 2014 convention, the formal annual gathering of the
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. The convention aims to facilitate greater
spiritual awareness amongst community members, strengthen community
ties and promote peace. The event includes religious discourses and
Speaking to participants, Minister Uppal highlighted Canada's
internationally-respected approach to multiculturalism and religious
freedom, emphasizing the importance Canada places on accepting all
cultures while promoting their adherence to Canadian traditions and
values. He also recognized the positive contributions of the Ahmadiyya
Muslim Community in Canada, and praised the community for its
commitment to peace, acceptance and equality.
The Government of Canada established the Office of Religious Freedom in
February 2013 and has since established itself as a world leader in
advancing and defending religious freedom around the world.
The Office of Religious Freedom focuses on advocacy, analysis, policy
development and programming relating to protecting and advocating for
the rights of religious communities facing threat and persecution.
The opening of the Office was announced at the Ahmadiyya headquarters
and mosque in Maple, Ontario.
The first Jalsa Salana convention was held on December 27, 1891 in
Qadian, India, and was initiated by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, founder of the
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
"Our Government is committed to ensuring that all Canadians are free to
practice whichever religion they choose without fear of violence or
persecution. These values are ones which we aspire to see reflected not
only in Canada but through out the international community as well. I
commend His Holiness Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Khalifatul Masih and
the International Ahmadiyya Muslim Community for their efforts to
promote peace and understanding around the world."
Tim Uppal, Minister of State for Multiculturalism
Canada's Office of Religious Freedom
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