(SOUTHFIELD, MI, 4/8/10) ­- A representative of Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) yesterday spoke at the “US Department of Justice and Department of State’s UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review Civil Society Consultation” at Wayne State University in Detroit.
The consultation, which was co-sponsored by Wayne State University Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC-MI), convened officials from the Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of Homeland Security, judges, and civil rights organizations to discuss issues of structural racism, immigration issues and tension with law enforcement affecting minority communities.
CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid spoke on a panel, titled “Law Enforcement: The People and the State,” which discussed issues relating to law enforcement misconduct including the misuse of confidential informants in religious institutions.
Other panelists included ADC-MI Advisory Board member Ihsan Alkhatib, Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Abed Hammoud and Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality Director Ron Scott.
“We welcome the efforts of the Obama administration to seek solutions relating to civil and human rights issues from community stakeholders, who represent affected communities,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid.
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. 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.
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CONTACT: CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-559-2247, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org