Report on American Muslim civil rights to be released
On Tuesday, April 30, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Washington-based Islamic advocacy group, will hold a news conference in the nation's capital to release its seventh annual report on
the status of Muslim civil rights in the United States, titled "Stereotypes and Civil Liberties."
The report, the only national study of its kind, details incidents and experiences of anti-Muslim violence, stereotyping, discrimination, and harassment during the past year. It also outlines the Islamophobic backlash
that occurred following the September 11 terrorist attacks and examines the impact anti-terrorism policies prompted by the attacks have had on American Muslim civil liberties.
Policies examined by the report include passenger profiling, post-9/11 detentions, the closure of Muslim relief organizations, the use of secret evidence, so-called "voluntary" interviews of legal visa-holders, and the recent raids on Muslim homes and institutions in Virginia and Georgia.
"There is a growing sense of apprehension in the Islamic community about what are viewed as unconstitutional policies targeting ordinary Muslims. American Muslims have been thrust to the forefront of the civil rights movement in this country," said CAIR Research Director Dr. Mohamed Nimer.
CAIR began documenting anti-Muslim incidents following the 1995 attack on the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. There are an estimated 7 million Muslims in this country and some 1.2 billion worldwide.