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CAIR Releases ‘Know Your Rights’ Guides in Dari, Pashto for Afghan Refugees Following Xenophobic Incitement

(WASHINGTON D.C., 9/20/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today released ‘Know Your Rights’ guides in Dari and Pashto for Afghan refugees arriving in the United States following attempts by xenophobic politicians to incite bigotry and discrimination against them.

Following the collapse of the former Afghan government last month, tens of thousands of Afghans fled the country, with thousands arriving in the United States. CAIR released the guides to help ensure that Afghans know their rights when dealing with law enforcement, when targeted by hate crimes, when travelling, and in school and the workplace. 

White supremacists have threatened violence against Afghan refugees, and some right-wing politicians and media outlets have maligned them as dangerous.

SEE: Kansas lawmaker calls Afghan refugees potential terrorists

https://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article254302843.html

Newsmax host on Afghan refugees: Too racist for this headline 

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2021/8/25/2048175/-Newsmax-host-goes-old-timey-racist-says-Afghan-migrants-will-rape-your-white-women

Tucker Carlson Attacks Afghans, Of Course

https://crooksandliars.com/cltv/2021/08/tucker-carlson-attacks-afghans

‘Afghan Refugee Hunting Permits’ found on U of M campus 

https://www.wxyz.com/news/afghan-refugee-hunting-permits-found-on-the-university-of-michigans-ann-arbor-campus

In a statement, CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert S. McCaw said:

Afghan refugees entering the United States face the challenge of rebuilding their lives in a new social, legal and cultural environment while also confronting the risk of bigots who may try to take advantage of their vulnerability. We must ensure that Afghan refugees know their rights so that they can stand up for their rights and safely establish new lives.”

McCaw added that the Dari and Pashto-language civil rights materials may be printed out for distribution.

SEE: CAIR ‘Know Your Rights’ Guides in Dari:

SEE: CAIR ‘Know Your Rights’ Guides in Pashto:

CAIR also offers “Know Your Rights” workshops in which attorneys discuss protecting civil and religious rights.

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, 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 Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530, e-Mitchell@cair.com; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com         

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