Posted by Sadie from ? (220.127.116.11) on Saturday, May 24, 2003 at 3:46PM :
ADC Press Release:
ADC Applauds Senate Vote Opposing Discrimination against Arab-Americans
Washington, DC, May 23 - The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
(ADC) commended the approval of the full Senate by unanimous consent of a
"sense of the Senate" resolution (S.Res. 133) that recognizes the important
role Arab Americans, Muslim Americans, Sikh Americans, and South Asian
Americans play in our society. S.Res. 133 also urges respect for civil
rights and civil liberties, condemns bias-motivated crimes against members
of these communities, and calls upon federal and local law enforcement to
prosecute such crimes vigorously.
ADC President Dr. Ziad Asali noted the importance of Senate passage of
S.Res. 133 and the strong message it sends in condemning hate crimes while
encouraging local, State, and Federal law enforcement to investigate and
prosecute vigorously the perpetrators of such crimes. "This goes a long way
in sending the necessary message to the American people that Arab Americans,
American Muslims, Sikh Americans, and South-Asian Americans should not be
viewed with suspicion or subject to heightened government scrutiny because
of their national origin or religion." He added, "The government's efforts
to combat terrorism must focus on criminal or terrorist behavior, not
ethnicity or religious affiliation."
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