CAIR Calls for Peaceful End to Rioting in France
U.S. Muslim group urges ‘dialogue and mutual respect’
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/8/05)- A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today called on French authorities to employ “dialogue and mutual respect” in efforts to end rioting and violence in suburbs of Paris.
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) joined Muslim leaders in France in calling for an immediate and peaceful end to the violence. CAIR also called for a national campaign to address the economic and social marginalization and exclusion that appear to be the root causes of the violence.
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In its statement, CAIR said:
“Dialogue and mutual respect, rather than senseless violence or repressive tactics, are the only answers to social, political and economic grievances. Islam seeks just and stable societies and condemns the wanton destruction of lives and property.
“We agree with French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin who said Tuesday that, ‘The struggle against all discriminations must become a priority for our national community.’
“It is imperative that people of all faiths and ethnic backgrounds in France come together to help address critical issues of unemployment, alienation, racial discrimination, and social integration.”
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 31 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. 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.
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