OTTAWA -- November 22, 1996 -- the Canadian Human Rights Commission has asked that a human rights tribunal be appointed to look into two complaints that Ernst Zundel's Internet Web site incites hatred against Jews.
The Toronto Mayor's Committee on Community and Race Relations, and Sabina Citron, also of Toronto, have filed complaints against Mr. Zundel alleging that the material found on his Web site could expose Jews to hatred or contempt on the basis of race, religion, and ethnic origin.
This is the first time that the tribunal will consider complaints alleging hate messages on the Internet. The tribunal has dealt with similar cases related to telephone messages. Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act forbids the communication of hate messages "by means of a telecommunication undertaking within the legislative authority of Parliament".
The President of the Human Rights Tribunal Panel will appoint a tribunal to hear the complaints.