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Action Alert: CAIR Urges Support for Sen. Jeff Merkley’s Resolution Condemning Ethnic Cleansing of Rohingya Muslims

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On January 23, 2018, Senators Merkley, Todd Young (R-IN), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and John McCain (R-AZ) introduced bipartisan S.Res.376 condemning the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya and called for the “safe, dignified, voluntary and sustainable return” of the displaced refugees.

They were joined by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Tina Smith (D-MN), and Chris Coons (D-DE).

“We welcome this strong bipartisan stance against the human rights abuses suffered by Rohingya Muslim families and children. It is time that the Burmese government and military are held accountable for their ethnic cleansing, and for the Rohingya refugees to safety return home with dignity, respect and full rights as citizens,” said Government Affairs Department Coordinator Amineh Safi. 

In November 2017, Sen. Merkley led a congressional fact-finding mission to Burma and Bangladesh where he heard first-hand accounts of systematic rape, murder, and children’s stories of seeing their houses burned down by the Burmese military.

“Kabir*, male, nine years old and Hadi*, male, 11 years old, missing presumed dead; recounted by their father Hakim*, male, 41 years old. ‘When the military came to our village they told us to go in our house and stay there. If we didn’t comply, they said, they would beat us up. So I took my four children and wife inside. Then they set our house on fire with us still in it. We panicked and tried to get out of our house, but everything happened so quickly. I saw my six-year-old daughter’s skirt on fire, so I grabbed her and ran out of the house. My wife and 12-year-old son also made it out of our house, but we lost two of our children in the chaos. I still don’t know what happened to them. I fear that they didn’t make it out of the house in time and were burned alive. As people tried to run away the military attacked them with machetes. We all ran away as fast as we could. It took us 15 days to get to Bangladesh. The whole way my daughter was crying. She needs urgent medical attention. She has really bad burns on her upper legs and in her genital area. She is in so much pain.’”

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CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Department Coordinator Amineh Safi, 202.646.6033, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR-Oregon Board Chair Zakir Khan, 626-502-8450, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Action Alert: CAIR Condemns Trump’s Bigoted Remarks, Asks Imams to Offer Friday Sermons Urging Rejection of Racism

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/12/18) – Following President Trump’s most recent racist remarks, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is calling on imams (Islamic religious leaders) nationwide to reiterate Islam’s rejection of racism in their sermons (khutbas) for today’s weekly congregational prayers (jummah).  

In a statement reacting to Trump’s racist comments targeting Haitians and immigrants from African countries, CAIR said:

“CAIR and the American Muslim community strongly condemn the racist and white supremacist beliefs reflected in President Trump’s remarks. It is disturbing to hear a president of the United States reject the dignity and humanity of whole communities that have made invaluable contributions to our nation. The president’s latest anti-immigrant comments are a repudiation of American values of acceptance and inclusion, and will inevitably harm our nation’s image and interests worldwide.”

CAIR is urging imams to refer to the many Islamic texts rejecting racism and bigotry in all its forms, including:

  • The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “All people are equal as the teeth of a comb.”
  • In his last sermon, the Prophet Muhammad said: “All humankind is from Adam and Eve. An Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab, nor does a non-Arab have any superiority over an Arab. Also, a white person has no superiority over a black person, nor does someone who is black have any superiority over someone who is white -- except by piety and good action.”
  • The Prophet once told a companion: “You are not better than people (of other races) unless you excel them in piety.”
  • In the Quran, Islam’s revealed text, God states: “O humankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes that you may know each other (not that you may despise each other). Verily, the most honored of you in the sight of God is the most righteous of you.” The Holy Quran, 49:13
  • Islam’s holy text promotes gender equality when it states: “So their Lord answers their prayers, saying: 'I will never let the (good) work of any of you, whether male or female, be wasted. You are members one of another.' (The Holy Quran, 3:195) The Quran also states: “The believers, men and women, are protectors, one of another.” (Quran 9:71)
  • A person once asked the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him): "What is partisanship (asabiyyah)?" The Prophet replied: "(It means) helping your own people in an unjust cause."
  • As God states in the Quran: "Let there arise from among you a community (of people) inviting to all that is good, enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong; they are the ones who will be successful." The Holy Quran, 3:104

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

 

Action Alert: CAIR Condemns Termination of TPS for Salvadorans, Urges Redesignation for Syrians and Yemenis Living in U.S.

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/11/18) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned the Trump administration’s announcement this week terminating the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) of the 263,000 Salvadoran immigrants living in the United States, the humanitarian program allowing them to live and work in the U.S. since a pair of earthquakes devastated El Salvador in 2001.

Yesterday, the U.S. State Department issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory for El Salvador, cautioning Americans “do not travel” to the country due to "violent crime, such as murder, assault, rape, and armed robbery, [being] common" – "gang activity, such as extortion, violent street crime, and narcotics and arms trafficking, is widespread" – "local police may lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents."

“President Trump’s termination of the TPS status of Salvadoran immigrants living in the U.S. is heartless. It will break up countless families whose children were born here and are citizens. It goes against the very concerns raised in the State Department’s travel advisory warning Americans not to travel to El Salvador,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert S. McCaw.

TAKE ACTION BELOW – URGE DHS TO REDESIGNATE TPS FOR SYRIANS AND YEMENIS LIVING IN THE UNITED STATES

In response to the Trump Administration canceling the TPS status of an immigrant community whose native country still poses a significant safety risk -- and the cancellation of TPS status for Syrian and Yemini immigrants in the U.S. up for reconsideration on March 31 and September 3, 2018 – CAIR is urging all Americans to call the Department of Homeland Security Public Comment Line at 202-282-8495 and leave the following message seeking the redesignation of Syrian and Yemini immigrant’s TPS status:

“Hello,

This is [State Your Name]. Out of concern I am calling to advise the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to redesignate the Temporary Protected Status of Syrian and Yemini immigrants living and working in the U.S.

This recommendation is based on U.S. Department of State advising Americans to not travel to either country due to the possible threat of terrorism, civil unrest and armed conflict. Syrian and Yemini immigrants living in the U.S. deserve the same consideration when it comes to their personal safety and wellbeing.

Thank you.”

There are about 6,200 Syrian and 800 Yemen immigrants with TPS in the U.S., with both nationalities granted protection in response to ongoing armed conflicts and civil unrest in their home counties.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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