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CAIR Calls on Interpol to Reject Presidential Candidates from Human Rights Abusers China, UAE 

(WASHINGTON D.C., 11/24/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today joined other civil and human rights groups in opposing the bid for representatives of China and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to become the next president of the global law enforcement organization Interpol

CAIR and the other groups are concerned about two candidates for the position, Major General Ahmed Naser Al Raisi, of the UAE, and Hu Binchen, of China. Both China and the UAE are human rights violators and could use the position to help crush political dissent and spy on dissidents in those nations and worldwide. 

SEE: Human rights groups sound alarm over Interpol election 

https://thehill.com/policy/international/europe/582706-election-of-interpol-head-raises-concerns-about-uae-china

Australian MPs fight Chinese official’s bid to join Interpol governing committee 

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-23/australian-mps-fight-chinese-official-s-bid-to-join-interpol/100641412

Al Raisi has personally been accused of involvement in human rights abuses, including torture and kidnappings. 

UAE general accused of overseeing British citizens’ torture could be elected head of Interpol 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10238251/UAE-general-accused-overseeing-British-citizens-torture-elected-head-Interpol.html

CAIR tweeted: “Putting Chinese or UAE officials in charge of Interpol is an unimaginably bad idea. Doing so would pose a serious threat to political dissidents around the world. Interpol should and must reject these candidates.” 

Washington, D.C., based CAIR has repeatedly condemned China’s genocidal campaign against its Uyghur Muslim minority. 

SEE: CAIR Calls on Biden to Raise Issue of Uyghur Genocide, Bulldozed Mosque in Meeting with China’s Xi Jinping 

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CONTACT: CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530, e-Mitchell@cair.com; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ismail Allison, 202-770-6280, iallison@cair.com     

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