Monday, July 9, 2012

Another Calif. Muslim Placed on No-Fly List, Stuck in Bahrain
Civil rights group to hold news conference seeking man's return to U.S.
(SAN DIEGO, CA, 7/3/12) -- On Tuesday, July 3, the San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-San Diego) will hold a news conference to call for the return to the United States of another local Muslim stranded overseas after being placed on the no-fly list.
CAIR-San Diego says the college student, who is of Somali heritage, is stranded in Bahrain after being denied boarding on flights back to the United States.
WHAT: News Conference for San Diego Muslim Stuck in Bahrain After Being Placed on No-Fly List
WHEN: Tuesday, July 3, 1 p.m. (Pacific)
WHERE: Office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, San Diego Chapter, 8316 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Suite 203, San Diego, CA 92111
CONTACT: CAIR-San Diego Executive Director Hanif Mohebi, 858-774-9991,; CAIR Staff Attorney Gadeir Abbas, 202-742-6410, 720-251-0425, E-mail:
In a letter sent yesterday to Secretary of State Hillary ClintonCAIR Staff Attorney Gadeir Abbas wrote: "His placement on the No-Fly List without due process of law, and his corresponding inability to fly back home to the United States, constitute grave violations of his civil rights and liberties."
Last month, CAIR advocated on behalf of a San Diego Muslim citizen stranded in Costa Rica after being placed on the no-fly list. The man was later allowed to re-enter the United States by land through the Mexican border.
SEECalif. Student Takes Long Way Home After 'No-Fly' Designation (MSNBC)

Earlier this year, CAIR called on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate acts of "coercion and intimidation" allegedly used by the FBI to pressure Muslim citizens into giving up their constitutional rights if they wished to return to the United States from overseas.
Last year, CAIR filed a lawsuit against the DOJ and the FBI seeking a court order to allow a Virginia Muslim teenager who had been detained in Kuwait and placed on a U.S. government no-fly list to return to the United States.
CAIR has assisted a number of other American Muslim citizens who have been stranded overseas by government actions.
CAIREmbassy Returns Passport to U.S. Muslim Stuck in Kuwait
CAIR VideoFBI Prevents Va. Muslim from Returning to U.S.

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,

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