U.S. Muslim civil rights group now offers online version of security guidelines
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/29/13) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said today it has shared its recently-published security guidelines, “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety,” with the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) after a number of incidents targeting that nation's mosques.
MCB said the guidelines would help to review its own advisory, circulated to all affiliates immediately after the recent killing of a soldier in London. That attack was strongly condemned by CAIR, America's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, and by British Muslim organizations.
Several weeks prior to the soldier's murder, a 75-year-old U.K. Muslim was stabbed to death in an incident that authorities suspect was bias-motivated.
CAIR's announcement came following a statement yesterday calling on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate vandalism targeting a Georgia mosque as a hate crime.
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“We hope CAIR's new safety guidelines will help community leaders boost security at mosques in the United Kingdom during this time of crisis,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “While conditions may differ between our two nations, many of CAIR's safety recommendations may be applied in any situation.”
Hooper said CAIR also today announced the availability of an electronic version of its safety guidelines, which may be ordered free of charge online by Muslim community leaders. CAIR began distributing hard copies of the publication last week.
CAIR's guidelines, which include safety recommendations drafted by a leading security consultant, are designed to be used by mosque officials, Muslim school administrators and other community leaders and activists who seek to identify and eliminate vulnerabilities to bias-motivated attacks.
The mosque safety publication includes sections outlining initial security steps to take and how to assess an institution's vulnerability to attack. Other sections include a checklist for safety preparation and planning, details on security equipment, how to deal with an armed intruder, procedures for handling bomb threats or suspicious packages, and links to security resources available from private and government sources.
Following the recent attacks on British mosques, MCB issued its own safety guidelines to the community.
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 National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR Communications Manager Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171, email@example.com