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CAIR: Hearing Today on Emergency Lawsuit on Behalf of Muslim Inmates in Alaska

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In response to an emergency lawsuit filed by CAIR on behalf of Muslims incarcerated in an Alaska prison that are being starved and fed pork during Ramadan, in the last hour a federal judge granted CAIR’s request for an emergency temporary restraining order against the prison requiring them to provide adequate meals that are in accordance with Department of Health guidelines.

(WASHINGTON, DC, 5/24/18) – Later today, attorneys with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will participate in an emergency telephonic hearing (1:30 p.m. Alaska Time) with the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska on a request for a temporary restraining order in a lawsuit against Anchorage Correctional Complex officials on behalf of Muslim inmates who CAIR says are being “starved” and fed pork as they observe Ramadan. 

Video: CAIR Files Suit on Behalf of Muslim Inmates Being ”˜Starved,’ Fed Pork During Ramadan   

CAIR filed suit in the US District Court for the District of Alaska claiming violation of Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment prohibitions against “cruel and unusual punishment,” violation of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act and violation of First and Fourteenth Amendment rights to equal protection and free exercise of religion.

The suit seeks a “balanced nutritional diet” for the inmates, policy changes and compensatory and punitive damages.

SEE: CAIR Files Emergency Lawsuit on Behalf of Muslim Inmates in Alaska Being ”˜Starved’ and Fed Pork During Ramadan

CAIR offers an educational toolkit, called “A Correctional Institution’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices,” to help correctional officers and administrators gain a better understanding of Islam and Muslims.

SEE: A Correctional Institution’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices

CAIR has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

The Washington-based organization’s recently-released 2018 Civil Rights Report, “Targeted,” showed a 17 percent increase in bias-motivated incidents against American Muslims from 2016 to 2017, and a 15 percent increase in the number of anti-Muslim hate crimes in that same time period.

New CAIR Report: Trump’s Muslim Bans Increased Anti-Muslim Discrimination, Violence

Community members are being urged to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by going to:

CAIR launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.

For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here:       

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri, 248-390-9784,; CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas, 720-251-0425,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,



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