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Letter re Civil Rights of Eight University of California Irvine Students

The Committee for Human Rights and Academic Freedom:
Letter re Civil Rights of Eight University of California Irvine Students

Click here to access letter [pdf] - March 10th, 2010


Statement on "Obsession" DVD

Posted October 27, 2008

Response to Obsession

In late September, the United States was inundated with Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West, a documentary that attempts to stir up fear and hatred against a so-called united front of radical Muslims who hate the West and seek the destruction of the U.S. and Israel. Twenty-eight million copies of Obsession were distributed free of charge through such media channels as the New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education and 72 other newspapers, as well as through unsolicited mail to millions of voters in swing states. We are appalled by the distribution of a documentary that lumps all Muslims into one category; provides decontextualized information and images that suggest an innate hatred in the culture and faith of Islam, and draws exaggerated and false parallels between “radical Islam” and Nazism, in order to influence the upcoming election, or further the “Islamofascism” agenda. We are equally appalled that such venerable media institutions have played a part in the dissemination of materials that misinform and mislead the American public, and threaten an overwhelmingly peaceful and law-abiding community.

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Letter to the Malaysian Government on Cancellation of Shirin Ebadi's Visit

Oct 08

Kementerian Luar Negeri Malaysia (Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Wisma Putra, No.1, Jalan Wisma Putra, Presint 2
62602 Putrajaya, Malaysia Fax Number: + 603.8889.1711

Your Excellency:

This letter is to express the Association for Middle East Women's Studies? concern with the action of the Malaysian government?s decision to rescind an invitation for Nobel laureate Ms. Shirin Ebadi to deliver a speech titled ?Islam and Cultural Diversity? at Kuala Lumpur's University of Malaya on November 3, 2008.

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Egypt Solidarity Letter to President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton

Posted February 6, 2011

We are the Committee for Human Rights and Academic Freedom, Association for Middle East Women’s Studies, an affiliate of the Middle East Studies Association of North America, the largest scholarly group of its kind. We are writing to underscore the grave human rights situation in Egypt and to express our solidarity with the Egyptian people who have bravely come forward for greater freedoms in Egypt, forming a broad-based grassroots movement that is inspiring. However, we are appalled by the gross violations of human rights that are currently taking place in Egypt (e.g., www.washingtonpost.com/wp dyn/content/article/2011/02/02/AR2011020202176.html; www.huffingtonpost.com/democracy-now/california-professor-beat_b_818289.html)...
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