Sawasya Center Condemns U.S. Violation of Civil Rights of Arab American Scientist
|Monday, December 1,2008 03:12|
Sawasya Center for Human Rights and Countering Discrimination condemned the U.S. government’s violations of the right of an Egyptian-born scientist who was fired from his job allegedly because he criticized the war on Iraq.
The Center confirmed in a statement that what happened to the scientist Abdel Moneim Ali el-Ganayni was based on injustice, the absence of clear evidence, the fear of everything that is Islamic and the denial of right to freedom of opinion and expression, the things that increase the feeling of suspicion and worry within the Muslim-American community, because of unconstitutional policies that affect Muslim-Americans.
The statement denounced that the Energy Department did not disclose the documents and information which it had, as it claimed that it had reliable information that Dr. Ganayni was a security risk, and it rejected to disclose these information claiming that this could violate the national security laws if they were made public.
The statement added, "If these information are serious, so why were not they made public, and why Dr. was not referred to trial to stand justice as an American citizen, rather than "fighting" him in his work and giving him no choice but to return to Egypt?"
The statement also expressed the full solidarity of with Dr. Ganayni in his lawsuit which was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, which sued on his behalf, against the Department of Energy.
The statement called on the U.S. government to refrain from invoking fear of terrorism to detain Muslims and Arabs and deport them, despite the fact that they did not commit any violations against law, and did not represent a threat to American national security.
It also called on the new administration to review all measures taken to fight terrorism, to achieve justice and not to violate freedoms and human rights of American Muslims in particular, including: discrimination against Muslims at airports, the closure of relief organizations, the use of secret evidence, the questioning of thousands of Muslims, the search campaigns against some headquarters of Islamic organizations and the homes of many Muslim families.
The statement stressed on the importance that Muslim Americans should not face the same fate of Japanese Americans who were held in internment camps in World War II, although that was not a security necessity; which America apologized for but after fifty years under the rule of President Clinton.
The statement believed that the preservation of human rights and freedoms is not consistent with “war mania” advocated by the right-wing or the policies based on fear.
The statement called the new U.S. government to stop using secret evidence, and to encourage debate and discussion over the method that the U.S. government should use in dealing with civil rights issues.