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CAIR Calls for Probe of Thai Muslims Deaths


The following are excerpts from a letter sent to the Ambassador of Thailand
to the United States on behalf of CAIR, expressing concern about the death
of some 80 Thai Muslim protestors.

October 27, 2004

H.E. Kasit Piromya
Ambassador of Thailand
1024 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20007

Your Excellency,

As the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations
(CAIR), the largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy group in the United
States, I am writing to you today to express my sorrow and concern about
the tragic deaths of some 80 Thai Muslim protestors who were suffocated to
death while being transported to a detention center.

I respectfully call for a full investigation into this tragedy and demand
that the rights of the Muslim Thai minority within your country be
respected within the precepts of international law…

International human rights groups, such as Amnesty International, have also
condemned these heavy-handed state actions and urged the Thai government to
impartially investigate the deaths, in the province of Narathiwat.

We appreciate the regret and concern voiced by Prime Minister Thaksin
Shinawatra and would like to know what the Thai government will do in order
to stop this crisis from escalating.

As our world tries to maintain its global equilibrium, I hope that your
government will continue to protect the rights of religious minorities so
that all people are free to practice their faith, provide for their
families and contribute to greater society at large.

Most Sincerely,

Nihad Awad
Executive Director
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)


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