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Report: U.S. Failed to Protect Muslims, Arabs, South Asians

(NEW YORK, NY, 2/4/08) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) recently offered data to researchers for a United Nations report showing that the U.S. government did not ‘adequately protect’ American Muslims, Arab-Americans and South Asians from discrimination.
CAIR-NY submitted civil rights data, including CAIR’s annual report on the status of American Muslim civil liberties, to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. That body’s 50-page report, prepared by the Program in International Human Rights Law of Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis, will be discussed at hearings on February 21-22 in Geneva, Switzerland.
The report outlines shortcomings of U.S. law and policy regarding obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) and provides policy recommendations.
It states in part:
“As a party to the ICERD, the United States is bound to fulfill all obligations that arise under the terms of the Convention…Accordingly, the United States is required to ensure that Muslims, Arabs, Middle Easterners, and South Asians are protected from discrimination on the basis of their name, race, ethnicity, religion or national origin.
“In violation of these obligations, the United States has failed to adequately protect Muslims, Arabs, Middle Easterners, and South Asians from discrimination in the following areas: 1) arbitrary detentions, 2) use of secret evidence in closed proceedings, 3) immigration delays and special registration, 4) secret detentions, refoulement and proxy torture, 5) shutting down Muslim-run charities, 6) discrimination in prisons, 7) racial profiling, and 8) employment discrimination…
“This report highlights the need to offer equal protection of the law by implementing religious and race neutral practices in line with the Constitution and international covenants,” said Community Affairs Director Faiza N. Ali, who assisted in the compiling of CAIR research for the report.
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 35 offices, chapters and affiliates 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.
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CONTACT: CAIR-NY Community Affairs Director Faiza N. Ali 212.870.2002, E-Mail:; CAIR-NY Civil Rights Director Aliya Latif, 732-429-4268, E-Mail:


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