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Saturday, July 14, 2012

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Health care options for young and broke

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Fwd: ISNA Calls on Myanmar to End to Violence and Human Rights Abuses Against Rohingya Muslims

From: ISNA Special Announcement <>
Date: July 14, 2012 9:04:41 AM EDT
Subject: ISNA Calls on Myanmar to End to Violence and Human Rights Abuses Against Rohingya Muslims

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 ISNA Calls on Myanmar to End to Violence and Human Rights Abuses Against Rohingya Muslims  


June 13, 2012 - a Rohingya Muslim man who fled Myanmar to Bangladesh to escape religious violence, cries as he pleads from a boat after he and others were intercepted by Bangladeshi border authorities. Photo: Anurup Titu / AP

(Washington, DC - July 12, 2012) The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) expresses its profound concern about the current violence against members of the Rohingya Muslim community, which have long experienced great hardship and oppression in their home country of Myanmar.  In addition, Rohingya Muslims require government permission to marry, are forbidden from having more than two children per family, and are subjected to modern-day slavery through forced labor.  Because the national government denies them the right to citizenship in their homeland, many Rohingyas have their land confiscated and they are restricted from travel. 

ISNA rejects these ongoing oppressive policies and is deeply sorrowed by the recent killing of innocent Rohingya Muslims.  We stand firmly against the usage of ethnic and religious differences to perpetrate the persecution of minority communities, regardless of country, religion, or circumstance.   The government of Myanmar's current course of action is unacceptable, and the Rohingya people must be afforded basic human rights.

After sectarian violence broke out last month in the Arakan state of Myanmar, Human Rights Watch reported that military and law enforcement officials have responded with "biased" and "brutal force" against Rohingya groups.  While the government of Myanmar stated that the situation was improving, the World Food Programme reported that the most recent wave of violence displaced approximately 90,000 people. Amnesty International noted many of these displaced individuals "still lack adequate food, water, shelter, and medical attention" and are hindered from obtaining access to local and international aid groups.

On Monday, ISNA joined Amnesty International and other organizations for a press conference to draw attention to this devastating humanitarian crisis.  Together we urged the State Department not to forget the plight of the Rohingya Muslim people in its conduct diplomatic negotiations with Myanmar.  At this critical moment, the U.S. and all nations must call for peaceful coexistence in Myanmar and a new way forward for the Rohingya people. 

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Opinion: Islam is key to a better Afghanistan

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

BBC News - London 2012 Olympics: Saudis deny no women will compete

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

NYTimes: Episcopalians Approve Rite to Bless Same-Sex Unions

The rite lets priests who have the approval of their bishops bestow the church's blessing on gay couples, no matter whether their state allows the marriage or not.

BBC News - US Episcopal Church approves same-sex blessing service

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Fwd: NY Muslim Coalition to Boycott NYPD 'Pre-Ramadan Conference'

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Date: July 10, 2012 9:19:37 PM EDT
Subject: NY Muslim Coalition to Boycott NYPD 'Pre-Ramadan Conference'

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NY Muslim Coalition to Boycott NYPD 'Pre-Ramadan Conference'

(NEW YORK, NY, 7/10/12) - A broad-based coalition* of Muslim community organizations, religious leaders and civil rights advocates announced tonight that they will boycott an annual NYPD function, citing lack of transparency, accountability and respect.

The NYPD event, billed the "Police Department's Annual Pre-Ramadan Conference" in a letter to community leaders from Chief Philip Banks, is scheduled to take place on Wednesday morning (July 11).

The announcement of a boycott comes in the wake of the Associated Press Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into the NYPD's covert program of warrantless and comprehensive surveillance of American Muslim communities across the northeastern United States, including mosques, restaurants, businesses, and student groups.

SEE: AP Reports on NYPD's Intelligence Division, with NYPD Documents

Muslim community leadership has faced a wall of silence from the NYPD since revelations that the NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly gave an exclusive 90-minute interview to producers of the anti-Muslim propaganda film "The Third Jihad," and then denied both his role in the film as well as the extent to which the film had been used in NYPD counterterrorism training sessions. The film was played on a loop for several months, reaching more than 1500 officers.

At last year's NYPD pre-Ramadan event in July, Commissioner Kelly tried to dismiss claims that the film was used multiple times, and rejected offers of meaningful input from Muslim leadership. The NY Times caught Kelly and Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne in several misstatements of fact in January of this year.

SEE: NY Times: In Police Training, a Dark Film on U.S. Muslims
NY Times: In Shift, Police Say Leader Helped With Anti-Islam Film and Now Regrets It

Prominent academic Dr. John Esposito of Georgetown University also rejected an invitation to speak at the police event. His office offered the following explanation: "Esposito declined after his review and conclusion that the mayor and police commissioner's defense of NYPD's surveillance policy fails to distinguish between surveillance with probable cause of specific individuals or groups and the threat to and violation of the civil liberties of the mainstream majority of Muslims."

The Muslim American Civil Liberties Coalition noted that the NYPD has repeatedly refused to meet with community leaders, and declined an invitation to a town hall that would create space for a discussion of the NYPD's discriminatory policies. MACLC advocates for accountability and oversight in curbing civil and human rights abuses by law enforcement agencies, and encourages the New York city and state governments to pass proposed bills mandating an independent Inspector General position over the NYPD.


  • Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) ­ New York
  • Arab American Association of New York
  • DRUM - Desis Rising Up and Moving
  • Women In Islam, Inc.
  • Muslim American Society of New York
  • Muslim Consultative Network
  • Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund
  • Muslim Bar Association of New York
  • Muslim Progressive Traditionalist Alliance
  • CLEAR - Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility, Main
  • Street Legal Services, City University of New York School of Law

    Arab Muslim American Federation (AMAF)

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CONTACT: CAIR-NY Civil Rights Manager Cyrus McGoldrick, text/call: 203-206-6883, E-Mail:; MACLC blog

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BBC E-mail: Timbuktu mosque tombs 'destroyed'

** Timbuktu mosque tombs 'destroyed' **
Islamist fighters destroy two tombs at the Malian city of Timbuktu's famous Djingareyber mosque, residents say.

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Monday, July 9, 2012

Jews and Muslims build community in Chicago through group bike ride - Chicago Tribune

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Press Release: HIV and the Law: Risks, Rights and Health

Sunday, July 8, 2012

New optimism about stemming spread of AIDS virus - Lifestyle -

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NYTimes: Barney Frank Weds Jim Ready

Representative Barney Frank and Jim Ready, a carpenter and welder, were married on the banks of the Charles River. Gov. Deval L. Patrick of Massachusetts officiated.

Valentine's Day Across the Muslim World (2012)