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CAIR to Oppose Motion to Dismiss Fikre v. FBI Watchlist Case in Oregon Federal Court

(PORTLAND, OREGON, 11/13/2019) – On Thursday, Nov. 14, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, will be presenting arguments in the watchlist case Fikre v. FBI in an Oregon federal court.

CAIR will be opposing the government’s motion to dismiss the case, which seeks to re-litigate Fikre’s victory last year before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

SEE:  CAIR, CAIR-Oregon Welcome Federal Appeals Court Decision to Allow No-Fly List Claims to Proceed


Fikre originally sued to get off the No-Fly List in 2013, alleging he was placed on it and then tortured by a foreign government because he refused to become an FBI informant.  Fikre ended up stranded overseas for nearly five years. 

Portland Man: I was tortured in UAE for refusing to become an FBI Informant  

WHAT:  CAIR court hearing on watchlist case Fikre v. FBI

WHEN:  Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

WHERE: Courtroom 16

Chief Judge Michael W. Mosman

Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse

1000 Southwest Third Avenue

Portland, Oregon 97204

WHO: CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas, 720-251-0425,; CAIR-Oregon Spokesperson Zakir Khan, 626-502-8450,; Attorney Brandon Mayfield, (503) 941-5101,

Following the hearing, CAIR representatives will be available to comment.

CAIR’s 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.


CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,

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