Wednesday, July 18, 2012

CAIR Asks Sec. Clinton to Help End Violence in Syria, Myanmar
Muslim civil rights group also seeks to avoid 'unnecessary' conflict with Iran
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/13/2012) -- A prominent national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization today called on Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to take concrete steps to help stop the killing of civilians in Syria and Myanmar and to avoid an unnecessary conflict with Iran.
That call by the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) comes following increased violence by the Syrian dictatorship that left more than 200 civilians dead in that regime's latest massacre and after communal violence targeting almost a million Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar (formerly Burma) in which many people have been killed or injured.
CAIR's request for firmer action by the Obama administration also comes following an apparent deadlock in talks between the so-called P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) and Iran on the issue of nuclear enrichment.
CAIR's letter to Secretary Clinton stated in part:
"As a world leader, our nation cannot stand on the sidelines while civilians are slaughtered in nations like Syria and Myanmar. More forceful actions must be taken to end the violence.
"We also should not let the partisan politics of an election season distract from the real need to resolve outstanding issues with Iran without resorting to unnecessary and counterproductive military adventurism.
"Increased pressure must be brought to bear on the Syrian dictatorship and the government of Myanmar to end attacks on civilians and to bring true representative government to both nations. Concern for the safety of innocent civilians in the Gulf region also necessitates increased diplomatic efforts to resolve all outstanding issues with the government of Iran based on mutual respect and reciprocity of actions."
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,; CAIR Communications Manager Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171, E-Mail:

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