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|05/04/01 at 16:54:41|
|AMERICAN MUSLIMS SAY U.N. VOTE LINKED TO U.S. "DOUBLE-STANDARD" ON RIGHTS|
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/4/2001) In what many are viewing as a stinging rebuke,
the United States yesterday lost its seat on the 53-member U.N. Human Rights
Commission. America had been represented on the commission since its founding
in 1947. Several countries that the United States has criticized for their
human rights record, including Sudan and Pakistan, were added to the
Those familiar with the politics involved in the vote say the United States
faced resentment over not having a U.N. representative in place and for
frequent criticism of human and religious rights abuses in other countries.
Experts also cited America's stance on a number of international treaties
as those banning land mines or establishing an International Criminal Court.
In a statement reacting to the vote, Nihad Awad, executive director of the
Council on American-Islamic Relations said:
"This vote should serve as a wake-up call that nations around the world are
sensing a double-standard in our government's positions on human and
rights. On one hand, the United States expresses justifiable outrage at the
persecution of Christians in China, while at the same time ignoring similar
persecution of Christians and Muslims under Israeli occupation, and of
in Chechnya, China, Bosnia, Kosova, Kashmir, and Turkey.
"There needs to be one standard for human rights, not just selective concerns
based on domestic political and religious agendas. American Muslim experts
organizations should be part of the policy-making process on these sensitive
issues that affect our image and interests around the world."
There are an estimated seven million Muslims in America and some 1.2 billion
worldwide. Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in this country and
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