TORONTO, January 21, 2002 - A Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruled Thursday, January 18, 2002, that Ernst Zundel and anyone working with him on his website must cease the discriminatory practise of communicating messages that are likely to expose a person or persons to hatred or contempt.
The Toronto Mayor's Committee for Community and Race Relations filed the complaint with the CHRC in 1996, claiming Zundel engaged in a discriminatory practice on the grounds of race, religion and national and ethnic origin in a matter related to the usage of telecommunication undertaking prohibited by the Canadian Human Rights Code.
"The Canadian Race Relations Foundation welcomes the ruling by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal in the Zundel case," said Dr Karen Mock, Executive Director of the Foundation. "With this decision, Canada sends a strong message that it will not tolerate the promotion of hatred in any form. We have evidence that the Internet is increasingly being used by hatemongers to recruit young people to their racist causes. "
"This has been a long and painful struggle but the ruling has made it all worthwhile. It is an important step in putting an end in Canada to the use of the world wide web as a means of spreading hate. This ruling clearly establishes precedent and the Commission's jurisdiction giving the government and citizens an important tool to eradicate the use of telephones, the Internet and other forms of electronic communication as means of spreading hate."