Toronto foundation stripped of charity status after audit finds alleged links to Kurdish guerrillas

The Canada Revenue Agency has revoked the charity status of a Toronto relief group active in Syria, saying its resources may have been used to support Kurdish fighters.

The Anatolia Cultural Foundation, which funds medical and humanitarian aid for Syrian civilians, is the latest charity CRA auditors have tied to overseas terrorist groups.

In documents obtained by Global News, the CRA alleged the charity was focused on “advancing and promoting a political ideology associated with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).”

“The PKK is an organization listed as a terrorist entity in Canada,” the CRA wrote. “As such, concerns exist that the organization’s resources may have been used to support the political efforts of the PKK and/or its armed militia groups.”