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Phylomène Zangio is the chair of the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission. Image: Submitted

Remain vigilant against anti-Semitism, Islamophobia in N.B.

By Brad Perry Nov 21, 2023 | 4:50 PM

New Brunswickers are being asked to remain vigilant against acts of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in the province.

The chair of the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission says they have been following the Israel-Hamas war in recent weeks.

“This crisis may be taking place an ocean away; however, the commission acknowledges and understands the impact it has on our communities here in New Brunswick,” Phylomène Zangio said in a statement.

Zangio said the events have “undoubtedly unearthed intergenerational trauma and brought up feelings of grief, anger and sadness for many.”

“It is therefore more important than ever, amidst this suffering, that the respect for human rights in New Brunswick remains a guiding principle for all,” she said.

“While our hearts are heavy, we implore all New Brunswickers to uphold the values of respect and dignity for all and ensure that incidents of hate, even those which may be experienced elsewhere, do not take root in our province.”

Zangio reminded residents that the New Brunswick Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination on the grounds of race, religion, ancestry, national origin, place of origin, as well as political belief and activity.

Anyone who experiences discrimination is encouraged to contact the commission at 506-453-2301 or hrc.cdp@gnb.ca.