(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/7/18) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, is urging all Americans concerned about human rights to contact the chair of Maryland legislature’s Rules and Executive Nominations Committee, the Honorable Delegate Anne Healy, and urge her to approve HB1787 - Prevention of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity so that the House Speaker may refer it to the appropriate standing committee for consideration.
This legislation would mandate that the state upholds Maryland values by spending and investing taxpayer dollars in a manner that promotes human rights and does not support genocide. It aims to ensure that the State of Maryland uses these funds to help encourage corporations to not engage in business with governments that commit crimes against humanity and violate basic human rights.
The bill, which was drafted in consultation with subject matter experts around their travel schedule, is currently in the Rules and Executive Nominations Committee.
IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED:
Contact Honorable MD State Delegate Anne Healy
Chair, Rules and Executive Nominations Committee
Phone: (410) 841-3961
Respectfully and firmly ask that she approve HB1787, Maryland Bill to End Genocide, so that it may be assigned to an appropriate standing committee for consideration.
“We collectively have a responsibility to ensure that our tax dollars are spent ethically and responsibly, and do not perpetuate abusive, unjust policies against any population,” said CAIR’s Maryland representative Zainab Chaudry. “If passed, this historic, consequential and meticulously-crafted legislation will help pressure governments to develop sound, humane practices that foster corporate investment and trade.”
Citing the Myanmar government and military’s role in the ongoing ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people, Chaudry welcomed the U.S. Holocaust Museum’s decision today to revoke a prestigious human rights award that had been presented to its leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, who has failed to condemn or act to stop the attacks on her country’s minority community.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to 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. - END –