IRFAN Canada makes application to Federal Court to remove terrorist designation

March 11, 2017 | By: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Mark Blumberg
Topics: News, What's New from the Charities Directorate of CRA, Canadian Charity Law, Global Giving

A number of Canadian charities have been revoked by CRA for supporting terrorism in addition to other concerns. One of those organizations was The International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy (Canada) or IRFAN Canada. It lost its charitable status in 2011.  Subsequently in 2014 it was added to the list of terrorist organizations maintained under the Criminal Code.   Apparently a request had been made by IRFAN Canada to the Minister of Public Safety to de-list the applicant from the list of terrorist organizations. On December 22, 2016, the Minister of Public Safety denied the request.  Now IRFAN Canada has made an application to Federal Court for judicial review to set aside the denial.

In order to understand the background you might want to review the original CRA letters and the concerns that they raised in about 200 pages of letters.  

Here are some of our previous blog posts on IRFAN Canada:

CRA Issues Notice of Suspension to International Relief Fund for the Afflicted (IRFAN-Canada) (2010)

International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy Canada (IRFAN-Canada) has status revoked (2011)

IRFAN added to Canadian governments list of “listed entities” (2014)

IRFAN - Canada court documents shed light on different positions (2014)

Court decides former registered charity IRFAN cannot use funds to pay further legal costs (2015)

The IRFAN Canada application for judicial review can be found here

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