CAIR Applauds Rulings on Detainees' Access to Courts

A prominent national Islamic civil rights and
advocacy group today applauded two U.S. Supreme Court rulings granting
those captured in the war on terrorism access to American courts. The
Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) called the
decisions a "victory for due process."

A ruling in the case of American citizen Yaser Esam Hamdi gave President
Bush the power to hold Hamdi without charges or trial, but said he has the
constitutional right to challenge his detention in court. Hamdi has been
detained more than two years and was only recently allowed to see a lawyer.

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor wrote for the court: "(Hamdi) unquestionably
has the right to access to counsel…a state of war is not a blank check for
the president when it comes to the rights of the nation's citizens."

In another ruling, the court said that some 600 men held at Guantanamo Bay,
Cuba, can use American courts to contest their captivity and treatment.

CAIR's statement in reaction to the court's decisions stated:

"Today's rulings are a victory for due process and a confirmation that the
executive branch of government does have limitations on how it can sidestep
constitutional civil liberties guarantees. The ability to be represented by
an attorney and to present evidence in open court is the hallmark of a just
society and must be preserved, even in times of crisis."

CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 28 regional
offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.

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CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:
[email protected]; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail:
[email protected]

NOTE: CAIR offers an e-mail list designed to be a journalist's window to
the American Muslim community. Subscribers to the list, called
ISLAM-INFONET, receive news releases and other materials dealing with
American Muslim positions on issues of importance to our society.

To SUBSCRIBE to ISLAM-INFONET, go to: http://cair.biglist.com/islam-infonet/

 

Muslim Group to Release Voter Survey Results

WHAT: On Tuesday, June 29, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
will release the results of its latest survey of American Muslim political
opinion at a Capitol Hill public hearing on the impact of the Islamic vote
in the 2004 election.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 29, 10 a.m. - Noon
WHERE: Room 2168, Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC

Survey results indicate which presidential candidates Muslim voters favor
in the November election, which party is thought to best represent American
Muslim interests, how likely respondents are to vote in November, which
domestic and international issues are most important to Muslim voters, and
in which states Muslims may constitute a significant voting bloc.

Speakers at the Tuesday hearing include CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad,
who will outline the results of the survey, presidential candidate Ralph
Nader, former Iraq Chief of Mission Edward Peck, as well as representatives
from the Muslim Public Affairs Council, the Minaret of Freedom Institute,
and the Council for the National Interest (CNI), the event's co-sponsor.
CNI President Eugene Bird will moderate the discussion.

SEE:
"THE MUSLIM VOTE IN ELECTION 2004"
http://www.cnionline.org/hearings/muslims/signup.html


CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 28 regional
offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.

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CONTACT: Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:
[email protected]; Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail:
[email protected]

NOTE: CAIR offers an e-mail list designed to be a window to the American
Muslim community. Subscribers to the list, called CAIR-NET, receive news
releases and other materials dealing with American Muslim positions on
issues of importance to our society.

 

Muslim Suffers Brain Damage in TX Immigration Center

A prominent national Islamic civil rights and
advocacy group today called on the Department of Justice to investigate an
incident at a Texas immigration facility that left a Jordanian Muslim
detainee in critical condition following a "mysterious" injury to his head.

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said
Khalfan Omari, 25, is recovering from brain surgery following what media
reports call "a mysterious incident" at El Paso's immigration detention
center. Omari's brother sent CAIR post-operative photographs of the injury
that show a 7-inch scar in his scalp.

SEE:
http://www.cair-net.org/images/khalfan-Omari-prison-incident.jpg

Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Leticia Zamarripa told the
El Paso Times that Omari said he had "fallen from his seat and hit his
head."

SEE: "Jordanian Immigrant Suffers Unknown Brain Injury at El Paso Center"
http://www.borderlandnews.com/stories/borderland/20040625-135010.shtml

Jihad "Jordan" Omari says his brother is a permanent resident of the United
States and that he recently faced discriminatory treatment by authorities
because of his religion and ethnicity. He was allegedly harassed because he
has a tattoo of the word "Jihad" with a heart on his shoulder. The tattoo
apparently refers to his love for his brother.

"A thorough investigation is warranted whenever someone suffers
'mysterious' injuries while in the custody of federal authorities," said
CAIR Civil Rights Attorney Engy Abdelkader. "The need for an investigation
is made even more urgent when there are allegations of past discriminatory
behavior." She noted that CAIR's office in Ohio is also seeking an
investigation in the case of Nuradin Abdi, the man charged with plotting to
bomb a shopping mall in that state.

In an editorial published yesterday in the Columbus Dispatch, a CAIR-Ohio
spokeswoman wrote: "While in federal custody for seven months, Nuradin Abdi
changed from a normal person to a damaged human being for whom the court
ordered a psychiatric evaluation."

SEE:

"Local Muslim's Treatment in U.S. Custody is Suspicious"
http://www.dispatch.com/editorials-story.php?story=dispatch/2004/06/24/20040
624-A11-00.html