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CAIR Welcomes U.N. Ambassador Haley's Call for Myanmar to Allow Probe of Abuses Suffered by Rohingya Muslims

chapter logos washington(WASHINGTON, DC, 7/13/17) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley's demand that Myanmar (Burma) permit U.N. investigators to enter the country for a fact-finding mission about the abuses suffered by Rohingya Muslims.

SEE: U.S. Ambassador Urges Myanmar to Give Visas to U.N. Rights Mission

"We commend Ambassador Haley for supporting an international investigation into the allegations that Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims are suffering mass killings, torture and rape at the hands of security forces," said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw. "The United States should also withhold economic and political support for the government of Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi until she condemns and ends the campaign of ethnic cleaning, which echoes the Bosnian genocide of the 20th century."

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CAIR-LA, Rights Groups Call on City Officials to Address Recent Hate Crimes

screenshot 2017 07 13 13 09 48(ANAHEIM, CALIF., 7/13/2017) -- The Greater Los Angeles Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA), Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA), and Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE) today called on Los Angeles city officials to address a spate of apparent hate crimes targeting minorities in the area. In a recent incident, a man allegedly yelled anti-Muslim epithets while defacing a Buddha statue in L.A.’s Palms neighborhood.

L.A. neighborhood stunned by sledgehammer attacks on Buddha statue

“The divisive rhetoric from our national politicians, particularly against American Muslims, has normalized bigotry in our country,” said CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush. “As proud Angelenos, we must resist this trend and guard the diversity that has always defined our city and its people.”

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CAIR-MI Calls for Repudiation of Official's Genocidal Post Targeting Muslims

screenshot 2017 07 12 17 03 57(FARMINGTON HILLS, MI, 7/12/2017) – The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today called on political and religious leaders in that state and nationwide to repudiate a genocidal post by an elected official, for which that individual is refusing to apologize.

Kalkaska Village President Jeff Sieting recently stated that he has nothing to apologize for regarding racist and xenophobic statements about Muslims on his Facebook page including a call to kill “every last Muslim.”  Sieting defended his statements under the guise that his call for genocide is protected under the First Amendment.

Official in northern Michigan stands by call to kill all Muslims (Detroit Free Press)

Village President: ‘I owe nobody an apology” for posts (Traverse City Record Eagle)

“We call on political and religious leaders throughout Michigan to strongly repudiate Sieting’s dangerous rhetoric calling for the killing of all Muslims,” said CAIR-MI Executive Diretor Dawud Walid. “Sieting’s unabashed bigotry sounds eerily familiar to those who have stirred people to commit genocide against religious and ethnic minorities in other parts of the world.”                                                                                                                              

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CAIR Asks House Committee to Drop ‘Biased’ Amendment Seeking Assessments of ‘Violent or Unorthodox Islamic Religious Doctrine’

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Congressman William “Mac” Thornberry, Chairman, House Armed Services Committee

Congressman Adam Smith, Ranking Member, House Armed Services Committee

Dear Chairman Thornberry and Ranking Member Smith:

On behalf of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, I am writing to express concern about amendment number 068, proposed by Congressman Trent Franks, to H.R. 2810, the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act.

SEE: Strategic Assessments of the Use of Violent or Unorthodox Islamic Religious Doctrine to Support Extremist or Terrorist Messaging and Justification

This amendment would require the Department of Defense to conduct two strategic assessments, one to be conducted by governmental persons and the other conducted by non-governmental persons, on the use of “Use of Violent or Unorthodox Islam to Support Extremist or Terrorist Messaging.”

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