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CAIR-NY: Hundreds Pack Court in ‘Rendition’ Torture Case

(NEW YORK, NY, 11/12/2007) – Representatives of the New York chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) joined some 400 people on Friday at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals to show support for Canadian “rendition” torture victim Maher Arar in the Arar v. Ashcroft case.

“We are grateful for the outpouring of support in Mr. Arar’s case,” said CAIR-NY Civil Rights Director Aliya Latif. “As a community, we have sent a strong and clear message that the rendition of Mr. Arar is the outsourcing of torture and, thus, intolerable.”

The Center for Constitutional Rights (CRR) argued on behalf of the Syrian-born Canadian citizen sent to Syria by U.S. authorities. Arar was interrogated and tortured in a tiny cell for almost a year before Syria released him, having found no criminal or terrorist connections.

CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 33 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-NY Civil Rights Director Aliya Latif, 212-870-2002, 732-429-4268,; CAIR-NY Community Affairs Director Faiza N. Ali 212-870-2002,


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