Ambassador Bennett Meets with Shi’a Foundation Representatives

March 22, 2013 - London - Andrew Bennett, Canada’s Ambassador of Religious Freedom, meets with Yousif Al-Khoei, Director of the Centre for Academic Shi’a Studies of the Imam Al-Khoei Foundation, and other foundation representatives at the centre in Brent, London. During the meeting, they discussed key matters concerning freedom of religion for Shi’a Muslims and ways in which Canada’s Office of Religious Freedom could support efforts to defend freedom of religion for Shi’a Muslims in countries of concern.

The Al-Khoei Benevolent Foundation was established in 1989 by a noted Shi’a Islamic scholar, Sayyid Abul Qasim Musawi Al-Khoei. Headquartered in New York with offices worldwide, the foundation’s objective, as stated on its website, “is to continue the charitable and educational functions historically associated with the office of the marj’aiyya, the institution of the highest-ranking Shi’i leadership. While its traditional, mainstream base of support is of course to be found in Shi’a populations, the Foundation has been striving for an anti-sectarian, unifying approach to build peaceful and tolerant communities.”

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