(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/14/2008) – A representative of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today joined a press conference titled “Muslim Voices on Darfur,” which was hosted by Amnesty International and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
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CAIR National Director Tahra Goraya called for greater action and leadership, particularly from the Bush administration, to end the conflict and suffering that has plagued the region since 2003. At least 200,000 people have been killed and 2.3 million displaced as a result of violence.
Goraya reiterated CAIR’s call for efforts to stop population displacement and bring an end to crimes against humanity, citing a previous statement that “CAIR endorses support for relief organizations providing aid, access to vulnerable populations, and the rebuilding of villages.”
Donald Payne (D-NJ), Chairman of the Africa and Global Health Subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, spoke, as did Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) and Andre Carson (D-IN).
Spokespersons from Amnesty International, the Save Darfur Coalition, the Islamic Society of North America and Darfuri groups also made remarks.
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 35 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.
CONTACT: CAIR Legislative Director Corey Saylor, Tel: 202-384-8857, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org