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Amnesty: Human Rights Under Threat, cites backlash against Muslims

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    Assalamu alaikum, ININ NOTE: You can read the Amnestry statement at: http://www.web.amnesty.org/ai.nsf/recent/ACT300282001?OpenDocument Amnesty: Human Rights
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 4, 2001
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      Assalamu'alaikum,

      ININ NOTE: You can read the Amnestry statement at:
      http://www.web.amnesty.org/ai.nsf/recent/ACT300282001?OpenDocument

      Amnesty: Human Rights Under Threat

      October 4, 2001, 3:10 AM EDT

      LONDON -- The terror attacks on the United States have endangered human
      rights worldwide and caused a backlash against Muslims, Amnesty
      International said Thursday.

      The London-based human rights group urged governments not to use the
      attacks as an excuse to clamp down on civil liberties.

      "The horror of the attacks on Sept. 11 should not result in other
      communities around the world being victimized in the name of 'fighting
      terrorism,"' Amnesty said in a statement Thursday.

      The group said it had documented evidence of a backlash against Muslims
      and people of Middle Eastern or Asian origin or appearance in at least 10
      countries.

      In America, more than 540 attacks on Arab-Americans and at least 200 on
      Sikhs were reported in the week following the attacks, Amnesty said.

      "It is a sad irony that, only weeks after the United Nations World
      Conference on Racism, many communities around the world are facing
      increased discrimination and racist abuse," the statement said.

      Amnesty also said some governments were rushing to pass laws that
      threatened civil liberties and warned that measures to clamp down on
      illegal immigrants -- being debated in a number of countries _ threatened
      to undermine the rights of asylum seekers.

      "There is also a danger that, while the attention of the world is focused
      elsewhere, governments will increase their repression of opponents. While
      the world is looking the other way, abuse and repression can be carried
      out without fear of rebuke," the organization added.

      Amnesty said official statements by Chinese authorities suggested they
      might use the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon to
      "further increase their harsh repression of Muslim ethnic groups."

      "While Amnesty International recognizes the right -- and indeed the duty
      -- of all governments to take measures to protect their citizens, it is
      essential that these measures do not lead to violations of human rights,"
      the organization said.


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