Khizr Khan
Gold-star father Khizr Khan, father of U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan who was killed in 2004 in Iraq, takes part in a discussion panel on the Muslim and Refugee ban in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Feb. 2, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

The father of U.S. army captain Humayun Khan, who lost his life in Iraq in 2004, cancelled a speech that he was scheduled to give in Toronto, Canada as his travel privileges were reportedly being “reviewed” following Donald Trump's travel ban targeting travelers from six Muslim-majority countries — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Khizr Khan, who was first thrust into limelight after he blasted the then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s views on Muslims at the Democratic National Convention last year, was scheduled to speak at a luncheon organized by Ramsay Talks on Tuesday.

The organization released a statement announcing the cancellation of the event, along with a full refund for all guests who had paid around $100 to attend it. The statement read: “Late Sunday evening Khizr Khan, an American citizen for over 30 years, was notified that his travel privileges are being reviewed.”

However, there have been no details regarding what this review entails as Khan has the legal right to travel abroad as a citizen of the United States. While Khan was unavailable for comment when approached by a number of publications, but a U.S. Customs and Border Protection official told Politico that travelers are not contacted prior to their travel abroad.

Khan, whose son was killed fighting for the U.S., has criticized President Trump on numerous occasions in the past and told Toronto-based The Star last week, “Donald Trump consistently smears the character of Muslims, he disrespects minorities, women, judges, even his own party leadership.”

Read the full statement by Ramsey Talks below:


Late Sunday evening Khizr Khan, an American citizen for over 30 years, was notified that his travel privileges are being reviewed. As a consequence, Mr. Khan will not be traveling to Toronto on March 7th to speak about tolerance, understanding, unity and the rule of law. Very regretfully, Ramsay Talks must cancel its luncheon with Mr. Khan. Guests will be given full refunds.

Mr. Khan offered his sincere apologies to all those who made plans to attend on March 7th. He said: "This turn of events is not just of deep concern to me but to all my fellow Americans who cherish our freedom to travel abroad. I have not been given any reason as to why. I am grateful for your support and look forward to visiting Toronto in the near future.