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CAIR Calls on Maryland Senators to Support Bipartisan Measure Condemning Attacks on Rohingya Muslims

(BALTIMORE, MD, 9/19/17) – The Maryland Outreach Department of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on Maryland Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) to support Senate Resolution 250, which is a bipartisan measure introduced by Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and John McCain (R-AZ) that condemns attacks on Rohingyas and calls for the restoration of their citizenship.

CAIR called on Sen. Van Hollen to support Senate Amendment 607, which Sen. Cardin introduced along with Sens. Markey and Gardner. This amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act would block funding to the Burmese military, which has sought the annihilation of the Rohingya and forced the displacement of almost 400,000 Rohingya people.

The Muslim civil rights organization also expressed gratitude to the some 200 people of diverse backgrounds who attended Sunday’s Maryland Unity Rally for Rohingya Muslims held at the Diyanet Center of America.

CAIR: Maryland Communities to Hold Rally in Support of Rohingya Muslims

The goal of the rally was to raise awareness and provide specific calls to action to end the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

Speakers included Dr. Wakar Uddin, a well-known Rohingya activist who appealed for urgent intervention at the U.N. General Assembly this past weekend, as well as a young Rohingya refugee whose family resides in the impacted region.

CAIR also thanked the rally’s organizational sponsors including: Diyanet Center of America, Islamic Society of the Washington Area, Islamic Community Center of Laurel, Muslim Matters, Muslim Family Center, Dar at Taqwa, Masjid Al Falaah, An Nur Foundation, ICNA Council for Social Justice, Baltimore County Muslim Council, Islamic Center of Maryland, Islamic Society of Western Maryland, Islamic Society of Baltimore, Prince George’s County Muslim Council, Burma Task Force USA, Muslim Community Center, Anne Arundel County Muslim Council, Howard County Muslim Council, and others

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR Maryland Outreach Manager Dr. Zainab Chaudry, 410-971-6062,


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