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CAIR Rep Meets with UN Special Rapporteur on Racism

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/5/2008) – A representative of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today participated in a meeting hosted by the Rights Working Group with a United Nations (UN) racial discrimination expert in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Doudou Diène, the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, is finishing a three-week tour of cities across the U.S. as part of his mission to gather information on these issues. He will detail his findings, along with recommended solutions, in a report he will submit to the UN Human Rights Council in early 2009.
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CAIR Legislative Director Corey Saylor joined this morning’s meeting, in which participants reported to the rapporteur on employment discrimination, hate crimes, education needs and citizenship backlogs as they impact minorities in the United States.
Diène has been meeting with groups across the country, including several Muslim groups, in his effort to collect complete and accurate data. Last week he met with Muslim leaders in Southern California, including representatives of CAIR’s Greater Los Angeles Area chapter, at the Islamic Society of Orange County in Garden Grove, Calif. That meeting was organized by the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California.
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 National Legislative Director Corey Saylor, Tel: 202-384-8857, E-Mail:; CAIR Strategic Communications Director Ahmed Rehab, Tel: 202-870-0166, E-Mail:; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, E-Mail:


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