The Illinois- based Muslim Civil Rights Center (MCRC)
today reacted to the arrest of Muhammad Salah, an area Muslim who has been
indicted on charges of racketeering conspiracy to provide money for
In its statement, MCRC said:
"While it is important that our government takes effective steps to protect
our country against terrorist threats, it is equally important that all
those suspected of wrongdoing be given their constitutionally-guaranteed
right to due process of law, as well as the presumption of innocence.
"Unfortunately, such indictments in the past have been exploited by those
who have sought to denigrate the American Muslim community.
"Such cases must be judged on basis of the evidence, not on the religious
beliefs or national origins of the defendants. It is important that the
media and judicial system proceed cautiously and that the legal rights of
the accused are protected.
"Given previous cases involving innocent Americans like Wen Ho Lee, Brandon
Mayfield and James Yee, in which evidence proved to be flawed or missing;
MCRC is concerned about the strength of the charges against Salah.
"MCRC will carefully monitor this situation to ensure that justice is done
and that no individuals or groups are victimized due to religion or
MCRC, an Islamic civil and human rights group based in Hickory Hills,
Illinois, creates awareness about civil and human rights among American
Muslims and facilitates legal assistance to assure due process and fair
trial for the community members.
Contact: Ahmad Tansheet of the Muslim Civil Rights Center 708-598-6640
The American Muslim Peace Mission to Sudan met with
various Sudanese Civic organizations including International Popular
Friendship Council, Islamic Call Organization and other organizations. The
meetings included members of the Sudanese Catholic Church, Sudanese
Episcopal Church and Sudanese Pentecostal Church.
The American Muslim Peace Delegation is a delegation organized by the
Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) of American Muslim leaders to
investigate the issue of Darfur and look at ways that they can assist in
achieving peace in the region. The delegation also seeks to look at
opportunities for American Muslims to assist with the humanitarian
crisis. ISNA was assisted by the US State Department in planning this
The delegation includes:
1. Shaikh Muhammad Nur Abdullah, President, Islamic Society of North America
2. Senator Larry Shaw, North Carolina Senate
3. Representative Yaphett Al-Amine, Missouri State Legislature
4. Councilman Patrice Abdullah, Indianapolis City Council
5. Imam Furqan Muhammad, Representative of W.D. Muhammad
6. Dr Talal Sunbulli, Council of Islamic Organization of Greater Chicago
7. Imam Johari, Chairman, Majlis Ash-Shura of Islamic Organization of
Greater Washington DC
8. Imam Khalid Gregg, Imam and Journalist
9. Talib Al-Amine, Assistant to Representative Al-Amine
10. Shariq Siddiqui, Director of Special Projects
ISNA calls upon Sudanese President Omar el-Bashir to ensure the safety and
security of all Sudanese citizens. ISNA also calls upon all parties of the
conflict to cease the violence and put an end to the violence.
The delegation will issue a formal report of its findings on their return
to the United States.
The head of the Canadian Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) has been elected to the Board of
Directors of the prestigious Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA).
CAIR-CAN Chair Dr. Sheema Khan joins the CCLA Board for a 2-year term.
The CCLA was formed in 1964 and is operated with a volunteer board of
directors made up of prominent citizens that include some of Canada's most
well known names in law, journalism, politics, the arts, labour, business
and other fields. (For more on the CCLA, please visit: http://www.ccla.org.)
"CCLA is delighted with the election of Dr. Khan to its Board of Directors.
We look forward to her valuable contributions to our efforts at advancing
civil liberties, protecting human rights and promoting non-discrimination,"
said John McCamus, Chair of the CCLA Board.
Dr. Khan also spoke recently at the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) Canadian
Legal Conference. On August 15, she joined Professor Janice Gross Stein,
Director of the Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of
Toronto, and broadcaster Ann Medina for the Opening Panel "Engaging
Communities: Human Rights in Context?" (For more on the conference, please
Reacting to Dr. Khan's contributions and the positive reception she
received from the delegates, CBA president Susan McGrath said, "Dr. Khan's
comments were very informative, and highlighted the new realities that have
emerged in post-September 11 and the role we should be playing as citizens
and legal professionals in promoting and protecting human rights."
The CBA conference is the premiere annual event for legal professionals in
Canada. The CBA represents some 38,000 lawyers, judges, notaries, law
teachers, and law students from across Canada.
"As Canadian Muslims, we must be willing to be part of Canadian
institutions and to participate in national conferences," said CAIR-CAN
Executive Director Riad Saloojee.
"Such participation ensures that Canadian Muslims will provide perspectives
on contemporary issues, listen to the viewpoints of all and create a
meaningful exchange of ideas on issues of concern to all Canadians," he added.
CONTACT: Abdurahman Salman at 613-254-9704
A prominent national Islamic civil rights and
advocacy group today welcomed a Department of Defense (DoD) report that
says speeches made by a top general who claimed Muslims worship an "idol"
violated Pentagon rules and warrant "corrective action."
Last fall, the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations
(CAIR) asked that disciplinary action be taken against Lt. Gen. William G.
Boykin, whose views came under scrutiny when media reports revealed that in
a public discussion of his efforts to capture a Muslim Somali warlord, he
said, "I knew my God was bigger than his. I knew that my God was a real God
and his was an idol." The Pentagon launched an internal investigation into
the propriety of the general's public speeches.
The final report from the DoD's Office of the Inspector General found that
Boykin's speaking activities violated military regulations because he
failed to clear the content of his speeches, failed to issue required
disclaimers and failed to report a travel payment from a non-government
source. The report recommends that "appropriate corrective action" be taken
by the military.
SEE: "U.S. General Violated Rules with 'Satan' Speeches"
"We welcome the Pentagon's report and urge that any disciplinary action be
commensurate with its findings," said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim
Hooper. "General Boykin is free to hold whatever views he wishes, no matter
how stereotypical or inaccurate. But he should not use his position of
respect in our nation's military to promote those views."
Hooper repeated a recommendation made by CAIR last year that Boykin, a top
intelligence officer in the war on terror, be reassigned to a position in
which he will not be able to harm America's image in the Muslim world. He
also said that the findings of the investigation could have mitigated some
damage to America's international image had they been released earlier.
CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in
Washington, D.C., and has 28 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.
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