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CAIR-Minnesota Welcomes Passing of St. Paul Resolution Condemning Human Rights Violations in India

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 5/20/2020) – TheMinnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Minnesota) today welcomed passage of city of St. Paul’s resolution 20-712 condemning human rights violations in India. 

The resolution was supported by 36 organizations, including Amnesty International, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Muslim Caucus of America, Hindus for Human Rights, Jewish Voice for Peace Twin Cities, The Advocates for Human Rights – and locally, SEIU Local 284, the Minnesota Nurses Association, Jewish Community Action and World Without Genocide. 

SEE: St Paul Resolution RES 20-712

https://stpaul.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4430178&GUID=6413F8CE-8E77-43CA-9300-8C3F67093180

“We welcome the city’s strong stand for human and religious rights in India,” said Jaylani Hussein, executive director of CAIR-Minnesota. “Continued unrest in India has a serious impact on human rights and our state’s economy.”

“As an Indian Muslim, I know the adoption of the resolution in the Twin Cities has given Muslims and all minorities in India tremendous hope and faith that the world is watching and there are great people in St. Paul standing in solidarity with them,” said Sadia Tarannum, CAIR-MN Board member. 

She added, “I deeply appreciate the St. Paul city council members for their commitment to be welcoming to South Asians and showing solidarity to human rights of minorities in India, especially Councilmember Prince. Her steadfast leadership is commendable and inspirational.”

BACKGROUND

December 11, 2019, the Indian parliament under the leadership of the BJP government and Prime Minister Modi passed the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which claims to help refugees fleeing religious persecution from neighboring countries, but which discriminates against Muslims by excluding millions of Muslims who have come to India to flee wars in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and other Muslim countries. 

Protests against the (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) in December 2019 were met by fatal fire with live ammunition, arrests of thousands, and destruction by mobs and police of Muslim homes in cities. CAA establishes a religion test for Indian citizenship for only Muslims. Continued attacks have now escalated with targeting of Muslims for the Covid-19. 

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-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070, CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, 202-774-0770, aajeen@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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