(LOS ANGELES, CA, 6/27/2019) – On Saturday, June 29, the Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) will join a coalition of civil rights activists and allies conducting a rally in front of the Royal Consulate of Saudi Arabia to protest the continuous and unchecked human rights abuses by the Saudi government.
SEE: Freedom for Dissenting Voices: Justice for the Imprisoned
The rally is sponsored by the Muslim American Society Public Affairs & Civil Engagement Committee (MAS PACE), CAIR-LA, Code Pink: Women for Peace and other allies and organizations.
WHAT: Community Rally for Justice For The Imprisoned: Freedom for Dissenting Voices in front of the Saudi Consulate in Los Angeles
WHERE: 2045 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
WHEN: Saturday, June 29, 1-4 p.m.
WHO: MAS PACE, CAIR-LA, Code Pink, We Are All America, ICNA Social Justice, Usuli Institute, Syrian American Council, Islamic Center of Hawthorne, Party for Socialism & Liberation, West Coast Islamic Society
CONTACT: MAS-PACE GLA Director Yasmeen Azam, 714-924-4627 or email@example.com; CAIR-LA Communications Manager Eugene W. Fields, 714-851-4851 or firstname.lastname@example.org
In a statement, MAS-PACE GLA Director Yasmeen Azam said:
“We have seen time and time again, numerous reports of individuals, activists, journalists, and scholars whose lives are brutally cut short or imprisoned simply for speaking up. The gross abuse of power and denial of basic fundamental rights to life and liberty cannot be ignored.
“We appeal to all people of conscience to raise their voices against this injustice and to prioritize the honoring of life and scholarship. Freedom for dissenting voices without state coercion is fundamental to human rights. It is of moral imperative that we mobilize to support the freedom of our prominent scholars and many others.”
In a statement, CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush said:
“It is morally disgraceful that a nation considered a long-time ally of the United States would engage in human rights abuses, including curtailing freedom of speech and freedom of assembly and political dissent. It is imperative that our government stands against these abuse of international freedoms, especially when conducted by countries enjoying permanent normal trade relations status.”
The coalition calls for the Trump Administration to respect and stand boldly for the freedom of political expression. Additionally, all elected representatives are urged to demand the Saudi regime guarantee international freedoms such as freedom of speech and freedom of assembly for all of its citizens.
CAIR-LA is Southern California’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice and empower American Muslims.