(AUSTIN, TEXAS – 12/15/2017) – The Austin Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Austin) welcomes the effort of local Mosques to express solidarity with Rohingya Muslim refugees by dedicating their Friday sermons to addressing the ongoing humanitarian crisis.
Violence against the Rohingya minority in Myanmar has forcibly displaced hundreds of thousands of people. More than 600,000 Rohingya have fled into neighboring Bangladesh to escape an escalating scale of violence U.N. officials and human rights groups referred to as ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity. “These sermons are a part of a dedicated effort by the Austin community to help shine a much-needed spotlight on the plight of Rohingya Muslims, one the world’s most persecuted minority groups” said CAIR-Austin Executive Director Maira Sheikh.
Friday will also mark the repeat visit of one of Myanmar’s most revered Buddhist monks, Sitagu Sayadaw, to the Austin area. Despite Sitagu Sayadaw’s recent controversial statements, his visit, along with Friday’s sermons, are opportunities to continue to raise awareness about the ongoing crisis and the difficult conditions in which Rohinya refugees are currently living.
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, fomentar el diÃ¡logo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensiÃ³n mutua.
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CONTACT: CAIR-Austin Executive Director Maira Sheikh, firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-785-7105