(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/1/2018) – The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy group, today welcomed the New Hampshire attorney general’s decision to pursue charges under the state’s Civil Rights Act after an alleged hate crime targeting a Muslim couple.
According to media reports, the couple was requesting a refund at a motel in Jackson, N.H, when the manager allegedly shoved the couple and made comments about their religion and national origin. The manager reportedly hinted that the couple should not be there because of their religion. She was indicted on two counts of simple assault in July after the incident took place at Covered Bridge Riverview Lodge in April.
In addition to pressing criminal charges, the state’s attorney general will be pursuing charges under the state’s Civil Rights Act. The act prohibits discrimination in public accommodations and the sale or rental of housing or commercial property on the basis of race, color, national origin, and religion, among other things. The hearing for the alleged Civil Rights Act violation is going to be held on Aug. 24.
“We welcome the decision by the attorney general’s office to pursue civil rights charges in this case,” said CAIR National Communications Manager Naaz Modan. “These types of alleged hate crimes are part of a disturbing trend nationwide and are violations of civil rights that must be afforded to all Americans regardless of faith or background.”
CAIR has documented an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.
Earlier this year, CAIR released its 2018 Civil Rights Report, “Targeted,” which showed a 17 percent increase in bias-motivated incidents against American Muslims from 2016 to 2017, and a 15 percent increase in the number of anti-Muslim hate crimes in that same time period.
Community members are being urged to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by going to: https://www.cair.com/report
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.