Hussam Ayloush Represents CAIR at Human Rights Conference in Poland

Anaheim, CA: This past month, CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush participated in an international human rights conference in Poland to spotlight the impact of Islamophobia and the government-sponsored Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program.
From September 11th through the 22nd, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) hosted the annual Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw, Poland with various panels discussing humanitarian and civil rights issues in the western world. The conference is attended by representatives of mostly western governments and international NGOs.
During a plenary on Preventing Aggressive Nationalism, Racism, and Chauvism, CAIR-LA Director Hussam Ayloush commented on how white supremacy and white nationalism provide the foundation for present-day Islamophobia in the US.
Ayloush also served on a panel on "Racism and the police state in western democracies" which analyzed the evolution of public discourse calling for restriction of civil liberties and discuss the failures and impacts of anti-terrorism measures on civil liberties.
On this panel, organized by the French-based Justice & Liberties for all Committee (JLC), Ayloush discussed the impact of the CVE program on the American Muslim community. He stated that while Muslims, like the vast majority of Americans, strive to live in communities free of violence and extremism, programs like these are discriminatory and appear so rife with the possibility of subjecting members of our communities to unwarranted scrutiny and abuse. Other panelists included speakers from The Justice & Liberties for all Committee -France, CAGE - UK, and Students Not Suspects - UK. In order to promote stronger future collaboration on advocacy for human rights, the panelists announced the forming of The Transatlantic Coordination Against Racism and Repression.



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