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May 06, 2005

 

CSID EMAIL BULLETIN – May 6, 2005 

> Letter from CSID President, Radwan Masmoudi
>Reinterpreting Islamic Texts and Traditions for Social Reform in the Muslim World: The Case of Women and Youth in Morocco

> EVENT: Blending Islam and Democracy: Asia’s Unique Experience
> EVENT: Muslims in the United States: Influence and Innovation

> ARTICLE: Tunisia: Lawyer Imprisoned for Online Dissent
> ARTICLE: The American-Islamic debate shifts slowly, positively
> ARTICLE: Erdogan: Al Aqsa Mosque Only Belongs to Muslims
> ARTICLE: Egypt detains some 1,000 Brotherhood Protesters
> EVENT: CAIR Islamophobia and Anti-Americanism: Causes and Remedies
> ANNOUNCEMENT: Reebok Human Rights Award
> ANNOUNCEMENT: CSID Seeking New Office Space

Dear Friend of CSID:

I am pleased to forward to you a copy of the latest issue of CSID‚àö¬¢‚Äö√ᬮ‚Äö√묢s quarterly newsletter MUSLIM DEMOCRAT.  It contains excellent articles and reports on CSID‚àö¬¢‚Äö√ᬮ‚Äö√묢s recent activities in Nigeria, Jordan, Tunisia, and Iran.

As you know, we just organized our 6th Annual conference on April 22-23 at the Marriott Wardman hotel in Washington, DC.  The conference was attended by over 200 participants from many countries, including Turkey, the Philippines, Iran, Jordan, Egypt, the UK, and of course the US.  Keynote speakers included Andrew Natsios, Administrator of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Gretchen Birkle, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy Human Rights and Labor, Carl Gershman, National Endowment for Democracy, Saadeddine Ibrahim (from Egypt), Anwar Ibrahim (from Malaysia), Abdallah Schleifer, and Anisa Mehdi.

These are exciting and challenging times for all of us.  Since 1999, CSID has been committed to promoting freedom and democracy in the Arab and Muslim world and to improving relations and understanding between the U.S. and the Islamic World.  CSID directors, staff, and volunteers have worked extremely hard in the past six years to build a better future for the Muslim world; a future based on tolerance, good and representative government, freedom, dignity, and justice.  Thanks to your continued help and support, CSID is making a difference and our voice is being heard in the corridors of Washington D.C. and in the streets of Mindanao, Amman, and Kano.

Please take TWO minutes of your time to renew your membership and to make a donation to CSID (http://www.islam-democracy.org/get_involved.asp).  We need your help and support to continue our domestic and international programs and bring hope to Millions of people across the world.

With our great thanks and appreciation,                                             

Dr. Radwan A. Masmoudi
President

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The United States Institute of Peace and the Muslim World Initiative cordially invite you to a conference on:

Reinterpreting Islamic Texts and Traditions for Social Reform in the Muslim World: The Case of Women and Youth in Morocco‚àö¬¢‚Äö√ᬮ‌

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

2:30 p.m. ‚àö¬¢‚Äö√ᬮ” 5:00 p.m.

1200 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036

A reception hosted by the Moroccan ambassador, The Honorable Aziz Mekouar, will follow:  5:00 – 7:00 p.m. United States Institute of Peace

Welcome
Ambassador Richard H. Solomon, President
United States Institute of Peace

Keynote
Scott Carpenter
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs
United States Department of State

Empowering Moroccan Women Through Ijtihad

Speaker:  Fouzia Rhissassi, UNESCO Chair, Women‚àö¬¢‚Äö√ᬮ‚Äö√묢s Rights in Morocco
Speaker: Aboubakr Jamai, Visiting World Fellow, Yale University
Moderator:  Farida Deif, Human Rights Watch

General Discussion
Discussant:  Diane Singerman, Professor of Government, American  University

Using Islamic Texts to Teach Peace and Religious Tolerance:

Textbook Revision in Moroccan Curriculum

Speaker:  Mohamed Sghir Janjar, Director, Abdulaziz Foundation, Casablanca

Speaker: Mohammed El Ayadi, Hassan II University ‚àö¬¢‚Äö√ᬮ” Casablanca Ain-Shock
Moderator:  Abdeslam Maghraoui, Associate Director, United States Institute of Peace

General Discussion
Discussant:  Susan Miller, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University

Seating is limited, to RSVP contact Ana Carcani by May 6th, 2005 at 202-429-3814 or email acarcani@usip.org

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Blending Islam and Democracy: Asia’s Unique Experience

May 16, 2005
2:30-5:30 pm
St. Regis Hotel
, Crystal Ballroom
923 16th and K Streets

Please join The Asia Foundation in a discussion with four Foundation country representatives who have lived and worked for years in Indonesia, the Philippines, Afghanistan, and Thailand. With deep knowledge and understanding of local traditions and politics, and insight into Islam from years of working closely with Muslim organizations and individuals, these experts will share their experiences of working toward democratic reform through the lens of Islam. 

More than 70 percent of the world’s Muslim population resides in Asia. Known for traditionally moderate and pluralistic societies, Asia has seen a rise in more conservative and even radical Islamic movements in recent years, with Islam playing an increasingly important role in politics, economics, and education

Featured speakers:

Dr. James Klein
Asia Foundation Representative, Thailand

Dr. Douglas Ramage
Asia Foundation Representative, Indonesia

Dr. Steven Rood
Asia Foundation Representative, the Philippines

Dr. Jon Summers
Asia Foundation Representative, Afghanistan

Reception to follow from 5:30 to 7:00 pm in the St. Regis Restaurant

Please RSVP by filling out and faxing the information below to 202-588-9409 or e-mailing response@asiafound-dc.org.org by Thursday, May 12

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The Division of United States Studies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the International Institute for Islamic Thought invite you to a conference

Muslims in the United States:  Influence and Innovation

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Continental breakfast

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
PANEL I: Assessing the Current Influence of U.S. Islamic Thinkers on Islamic Thinkers in Asia and the Arab World

Osman Bakar, Georgetown University
“Competing Visions of Islam in Southeast Asia: American Muslim Scholarship as a Major Shaping Factor”

Tamara Sonn, College of William and Mary
“The Declining Influence of American Muslim Scholars in Pakistan”

Joseph Lumbard, The Royal Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
“The Influence of American Muslim Intellectuals in the Arab World”

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
PANEL II: Assessing the Current Influence of U.S. Islamic Thinkers on Islamic Thinkers in Iran, Turkey, and Africa

Gholamreza Aavani, Iranian Institute of Philosophy
“The Continuity of the Philosophical Tradition as Evidenced by the Works and Personality of Professor Seyyed Hossein Nasr”

Ibrahim Kalin, Asst. Professor of Islamic Studies, College of the Holy Cross “Sun Rising from the West: The Influence of American Muslim Thinkers on the Turkish Intellectual Scene”

Sulayman Nyang, Howard University
“The Impact of American Islamic Thinkers in Africa”

12:30 – 1:45 p.m.
LUNCHEON SESSION
Seyyed Hossein Nasr, George Washington University
“Thoughts on Muslim Scholars in America in Relation to the Islamic World”

2:15 – 4:15 p.m.
PANEL III: New Thinking about Islam: Pluralistic Islamic Thinkers in the U.S.

Amira el-Azhary Sonbol, Georgetown University
“Finding Gender Freedoms in Forgotten Laws: History and Activism”

Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons, University of Florida
“Muslim Women’s Experience as a Basis for Theological Interpretation in Islam”

Ali Asani, Harvard University
“On Muslims Knowing the Muslim Other”

Jane Smith , Hartford Seminary
“Does Islam Encourage Pluralism? American Muslims Engage the Debate”

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The conference is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and RSVPs are required.  Respond with acceptances only to www.wilsoncenter.org/usstudies.

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20004-3027

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Tunisia: Lawyer Imprisoned for Online Dissent

(Tunis, April 29, 2005) ‚àö¬¢‚Äö√ᬮ” A court in Tunis today convicted lawyer Mohamed Abou for criticizing the government, Human Rights Watch said today. The Tunisian authorities should release Abou immediately. 

Human Rights Watch attended the all-day hearing on Thursday, April 28. At about 1 a.m. this morning, the court sentenced Abou to 18 months in prison for an article he wrote that ‚àö¬¢‚Äö√ᬮ‚âà√¨insulted the judiciary‚àö¬¢‚Äö√ᬮ‌ and ‚àö¬¢‚Äö√ᬮ‚âà√¨was likely to disturb the public order,‚àö¬¢‚Äö√ᬮ‌ offenses under the press code and the penal code, respectively.

In a separate case also tried yesterday, the same court sentenced Abou to two years in prison for allegedly assaulting a woman lawyer in June 2002. Judge Mehrez Hammami, of the Tunis Court of First Instance, ruled that the sentences were to take effect immediately, meaning Abou must remain in prison even while he exercises his right to appeal.

‚àö¬¢‚Äö√ᬮ‚âà√¨Instead of jailing critics like Mohamed Abou, Tunisia should be abolishing laws that criminalize freedom of ___expression,‚àö¬¢‚Äö√ᬮ‌ said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch, who observed the trial.

Authorities have detained Abou since March 1, the day after he published an article on the website Tunisnews (www.tunisnews.net) criticizing President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali for having invited Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to attend a global conference that will take place in Tunis in November. In that article, Abou noted corruption allegations surrounding family members of both leaders, a subject considered taboo in Tunisia.

Observers suspect this article triggered Abou‚àö¬¢‚Äö√ᬮ‚Äö√묢s arrest, but he was charged instead for an article he published online on August 2004, comparing conditions in Tunisian prisons to those in the U.S.-run Abu Ghraib detention facility in Iraq. Authorities at the same time revived an old assault complaint against Abou in which a fellow lawyer accused Abou of beating her. 

Yesterday, the trial judge refused defense requests to postpone the trial on the assault charges. The court scheduled a trial for this complaint only after Abou was arrested last month, nearly three years after the complaint had first been filed. Abou yesterday refused to testify during the assault trial, stating that he had not yet even designated a lawyer in this case.

Abou was found to have injured fellow lawyer Dalila Mrad during an altercation that occurred in June 2002. In a complaint filed at the time, Mrad claimed that injuries he inflicted necessitated hospital treatment. Mrad told Human Rights Watch yesterday that she had repeatedly lobbied the court after the incident, without success, to bring her complaint to trial. It was only after Abou’s critical articles appeared that the court scheduled the case. Members of Abou’s defense team told Human Rights Watch that in the incident, Abou had merely shoved Mrad in response to her assaulting him, but had caused her no lasting injury.

‚àö¬¢‚Äö√ᬮ‚âà√¨A victim of assault has the right to a fair hearing, but the timing of this prosecution shows it is a politically motivated attempt to punish speech,‚àö¬¢‚Äö√ᬮ‌ said Whitson.

Whitson reported that she was admitted to the courtroom and able to observe the proceedings with no constraints.

Abou is well-known in civil society circles in Tunis. He is a founding member of the International Association for Solidarity with Political Prisoners and the Center for the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, both of them human rights organizations the government has refused to recognize. He is also a member of the executive bureau of an unrecognized political party, the Congress for the Republic.

After his arrest in Tunis, Abou was transferred to a prison in the city of Le Kef, a three-hour drive from the capital, complicating access for his attorneys. Tunisia’s lawyers have mobilized in defense of their colleague, and more than 300 signed on to his defense team. Dozens have been maintaining a round-the-clock protest vigil at the Lawyers Club, across the street from the court where he was tried.

The February 28 article, which appeared in Arabic on the Tunisnews website, came at a time of continuing protests by some Tunisian opposition parties, students, unions and human rights organizations against the decision by the Tunisian government to invite Prime Minister Sharon to attend the World Summit on the Information Society. In November, Tunis is scheduled to host the U.N.-sponsored summit, which will discuss the information revolution and the “digital divide.”

Human rights organizations have questioned the decision to hold this conference in Tunisia, a country that tolerates little criticism of the government and that blocks websites on the basis of their political content.

‚àö¬¢‚Äö√ᬮ‚âà√¨By imprisoning Mohamed Abou for his online articles, Tunisia once again has cast doubt on its suitability to host a world conference on the information revolution,‚àö¬¢‚Äö√ᬮ‌ Whitson said.

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The American-Islamic debate shifts slowly, positively
Rami G. Khouri

BEIRUT – I have spent the last three days in Doha, Qatar, participating in a rich discussion among 150 Americans and citizens from Islamic countries around the world, which has clarified a few important trends in American-Islamic world relations. The center of gravity of the public debate about the Arab-Islamic world, and between Americans and Muslims, is slowly shifting. It is moving away from wars for regime change and clashes of civilizations, into a discussion of democracy and reform. Most intriguingly and significantly, a core issue in this global debate became clearer to me and many other participants here at the U.S.-Islamic World Forum, organized by the State of Qatar and the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. It is the issue of whether, and how, to include Islamist parties and groups in the democratic process.

As Arab and Islamic societies become more democratic, the most credible, organized and legitimate groups in society are likely to be Islamist parties like Hizbullah, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. If they are denied participation in elections, or denied incumbency if they win, the democratic process will prove to be a sham. But, it is also asked, can they participate in politics and share in power if they remain armed? Significantly, the core of the debate now is not about whether these groups should participate politically, but how they can do so in a manner that is acceptable to all concerned.

Other dimensions of the shifting debate are also clearer these days.

These include greater stress on how to promote reform in Arab-Asian- Islamic societies, expand the circle of participants in pluralistic, democratic politics, adjust economic and educational policies to support development and security, and understand better the centrality for Arabs and Muslims of resolving the Palestine issue fairly.

Participants here frankly aired and debated their views, but in a spirit and context that were markedly different from similar gatherings in previous years. Democratic reforms have rapidly emerged as the central pivot around which most of the discussion now revolves, while the mutual criticisms and complaints remain largely the same.

Political leaders and civil society activists need to grasp and act on this novelty: the promotion of democracy and economic reforms in Arab- Islamic countries provides an unprecedented opportunity for people from both societies to work together for goals they share, to redress problems they both suffer from, and to achieve results that will benefit them all. Never in recent generations have Arabs, Americans and Muslims been able to rally around a single, shared political goal that they all perceive to be legitimate, urgent, useful and practicable.

Much has happened in the three years since the September 11, 2001 attacks against targets in the U.S., the two years since the United States used its armed forces to change the regimes in two Islamic countries, and over a decade after the clash of civilizations question was raised by Samuel Huntington. The small but clear shifts in the core discourse between concerned Americans and Muslims and Arabs has been in the making for over a decade. It has only been clarified in the past nine months or so, due to a combination of factors. Some of the most important ones include American-engineered deeds and failures in Iraq; Washington’s predatory, aggressive global policy since September 11, 2001, and the world’s equally strong defiance and resistance to unilateral American militarism; the slow reconciliation and revived partnership for global action between the U.S. and Europe; more dynamic indigenous Arab movements for democratic change and freedom in response to collective Arab mediocrity in the governance field; a stronger American embrace of the policy of promoting freedom and democracy; fears about the growing scourge and expanding scope of terrorism; and, a global emphasis on the centrality of resolving the Arab-Israeli conflict for promoting other mutually identified goals in the Arab- Islamic world.

The shifts are discernible but not gigantic, significant but not yet decisive. They are important to acknowledge and nurture, however, because they may offer the end of a thin thread that Americans, Arabs, Asians, and Muslims can grasp and weave into a strong rope that can pull them all out of their cycle of anger, fear, and war. This is a challenge that will require the best of Americans and citizens and leaders in Islamic societies.

An important element in the slow change that may be taking place in how Americans and Arabs/Muslims deal with each other is a growing appreciation for the fact that the rules of internal democracy in one country must apply to relations among countries and the expansion of democratic societies around the world. Specifically, (as many Arabs and Muslims repeatedly told Americans here this week), all countries have to abide by a universal set of rules and norms, just as all citizens of a democracy should enjoy equal rights and obligations. This means that the U.S. and Israel, for example, cannot set their own rules on issues related to security or weapons of mass destruction proliferation, and expect the rest of the world to accept lower standards of security or national rights. A credible democratic culture, it was stressed here, requires that all citizens within a state, as well as all countries in the world, abide by common legal norms.

We are far from achieving this condition, but movement is toward that direction, and toward closer positions, after many years of Arabs, Americans and Muslims moving in different directions, and often shooting each other on the way.

* Rami G. Khouri is a member of The Daily star staff
Source: Daily Star, April 14, 2005
Visit the Daily Star at www.dailystar.com.lb

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Erdogan: Al Aqsa Mosque Only Belongs to Muslims

Abbas Welcomes Political, Economic Role for Turkey in Peace Process

03/05/2005

Palestine Media Center – PMC

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan described his talks with the Palestinian leaders in Ramallah Monday as “constructive and fruitful,” pledged economic and security assistance to the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), and stressed that al Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem only belongs to Muslims, as President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed “both a political and economic role for Turkey” in the Palestinian – Israeli peace process.

“Al Masjed (mosque) al Aqsa belongs to the Muslims only, and no one has the right to interfere into its affairs or try to administrate it,” said Erdogan after visiting the mosque and praying there with his wife and the delegation that accompanied him during their visit to Islam’s third-holiest site, amid very tight security.

Turkey transferred to the PNA Ottoman archives documenting land ownership in the West Bank, Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, ahead of Erdogan’s visit. The archives, which include about 140,000 pages of documentation from the period between 1500 and 1914, contain significant data about ownership relevant to the present.

The most important information involves the holy places in east Jerusalem, and will be useful to the PNA in future negotiations with Israel, Israeli Haaretz quoted sources as saying on Tuesday.

Sheikh Ekrema Sabri, Mufti of Jerusalem and the holy land, and Sheikh Mohammad Husein, director of the mosque, received Erdogan and accompanied him in the tour of the mosque.

“We welcome Mr. Erdogan, who is a Muslim and the Prime Minister of Turkey, who came to visit al Aqsa Mosque, the mosque of all Muslims all over the world,” said Sheikh Husein.

Constructive, Fruitful Palestinian – Turkish Talks

After the visit to the al Aqsa Mosque, Erdogan headed immediately to the West Bank town of Ramallah to meet with Palestinian President Abbas and Prime Minister Ahmad Qurei.

Erdogan told Abbas and Qurei that his country was ready to do its utmost to help revive the peace process – if the Palestinians and Israelis want its help.

“We have let it be known to the two parties, with whom we enjoy excellent relations, that we are completely ready to do anything we can to contribute towards peace,” Erdogan said.

“It is up to the two parties to determine the type of assistance that we can provide and carry out.”

He described his talks with the Palestinian leaders as “constructive and fruitful” and said that Turkey was encouraged by the stability and calm that had prevailed in the region since the Sharm e-Sheikh summit between Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on February 8.

Erdogan said that following the Abbas – Sharon meeting in the Egyptian Red Sea resort a new opportunity had been created in the Middle East peace process. He said he has urged Israel to support the PNA, and “to give a chance to Abu Mazen (Abbas) so he can take control of the situation and prevent the attacks that Israel is complaining about.”

He confirmed he had asked the Israeli leaders to support “President Abbas, strengthen him and give him a chance to carry out measures which will be to Israel’s advantage.”

Erdogan promised to help train and equip the PNA security forces.

Following meeting with the Palestinian leadership, Erdogan met also with Palestinian businessmen and said that Turkey would open a commercial office in Ramallah to encourage greater trade with the Palestinian territories.

Turkey’s delegation included four Cabinet ministers and around 100 business people.

Abbas Welcomes Political, Economic Role for Turkey

Erdogan began his red carpet reception in Ramallah by laying a wreath at the tomb of the late Palestinian leader Yaser Arafat.

Abbas last met Erdogan in February when he visited Ankara on his first overseas trip after being elected as Arafat’s successor.

Thanking the Turkish government for its offer to provide assistance to the PNA security forces and boost the Palestinian economy, Abbas said a Turkish role in the peace process is acceptable to the Palestinians and Israelis.

“I can imagine that if negotiations are sponsored by Turkey, they would be successful,” he said.

“There is agreement between us and Israel on the importance of Turkey’s role in the peace process,” Abbas said in a joint press conference with Erdogan in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

“We want to see both a political and economic role for Turkey,” Abbas said, adding that Ankara could carve out a role as “an honest broker” through its good relations with both sides.

“Turkey has access to both sides and good intentions, and this role should be expanded,” Abbas told reporters.

World leaders have been flooding into the region in recent months to capitalize on a drop in violence and new hope for peace. British Prime Minister Tony Blair visited in December and Russian President Vladimir Putin came last week, in the first visit to the region by a Kremlin leader.

Palestinian President Abbas is also scheduled for a summit meeting with the US President George W. Bush this month.

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Egypt detains some 1, 000 Brotherhood protesters

By REUTERS
Published: May 5, 2005
Filed at 8:50 a.m. ET

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian authorities detained about 1,000 people during nationwide demonstrations organized by the banned but usually tolerated Muslim Brotherhood in favor of political reform, judicial sources said on Thursday.

Public prosecutors or state security prosecutors are questioning about 400 of them, 120 of them in the eastern Nile Delta province of Sharkia, where 12 policemen were injured in clashes during the protests on Wednesday, the sources said.

The authorities are expected to either release the remaining 600 or detain them without charges, they added.

Mohamed Habib, the deputy leader of the influential Islamist group, said that the Brotherhood had counted 1,562 people still in detention from Wednesday and that the police had referred hundreds to the prosecution for possible charging.

The Brotherhood said last month that it was negotiating with the interior ministry on holding a massive demonstration that would oppose foreign intervention in Egyptian politics while simultaneously pressing for more rapid political reform.

“But they rejected this idea and we of course said: ‘Okay, we will stage those demonstrations or stand-ins.’ We had 60,000 people over 15 provinces,” Habib told Reuters on Thursday.

Independent estimates of the size of the demonstrations were difficult to obtain from areas outside Cairo but the number of detentions suggested that taken together they were the most successful protests this year in Egypt.

Egypt has seen a spate of political protests this year, mostly against a fifth six-year term for President Hosni Mubarak in presidential elections expected in September.

The authorities have fluctuated in their attitude toward the protests, sometimes allowing them to go ahead, sometimes thwarting them in advance and sometimes detaining participants.

Habib said: “We had hoped the security would be more responsive, more peaceful and civilised, because in our view it is their job to protect demonstrations, not to suppress them.”

The response of the authorities to the Muslim Brotherhood challenge differed from place to place. In the northeastern province of Damietta, demonstrators have been ordered detained for four days for questioning on suspicion they belonged to a banned organization and organized an unlicensed protest.

Founded in 1928, the Brotherhood is probably the largest opposition group in Egypt. It says it wants to bring change by democratic means in the Arab world’s most populous country.

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The Council on American-Islamic Relations cordially invites you to attend its 2005 Annual Conference:

Islamophobia and Anti-Americanism:  Causes and Remedies

Friday, May 13 to Sunday, May 15, 2005
Conference Banquet, Saturday, May 14
Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner
8661 Leesburg Pike ~ Vienna, VA  (703-448-1234)


PANELISTS
آ¬¨‚àë     Anatol Lieven, Carnegie Endowment for  Int‚àö¬¢‚Äö√ᬮ‚Äö√묢l Peace
آ¬¨‚àë     M. Cherif Bassiouni, DePaul University
آ¬¨‚àë     Chip Pitts, Amnesty International
آ¬¨‚àë     Asma Afsaruddin, University of Notre Dame
آ¬¨‚àë     David Cole, Georgetown University
آ¬¨‚àë     Hafiz Al-Mirazi, Al-Jazeera
آ¬¨‚àë     Jamal Badawi, St. Mary‚àö¬¢‚Äö√ᬮ‚Äö√묢s University
آ¬¨‚àë     John Voll, Georgetown University
آ¬¨‚àë     Louay Safi, Islamic Society of North America
آ¬¨‚àë     Louis Cantori, Center for Study of Islam and Democracy
آ¬¨‚àë     Shanta Premawardhana, National Council of Churches
آ¬¨‚àë     Salaam Maryati, Muslim Public Affairs Council
آ¬¨‚àë     Mary Rose Oakar, American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
آ¬¨‚àë     Merve Kavakci, Former MP, Turkey
آ¬¨‚àë     Mumtaz Ahmad, Hampton University
آ¬¨‚àë     Muqtedar Khan, Brookings Institution
آ¬¨‚àë     Imam Mostafa Al Qazwini, Islamic Education Center of Orange County
آ¬¨‚àë     Muzammil Siddiqui, Islamic Society of North America
آ¬¨‚àë     Richard Cizik, National Association of Evangelicals
آ¬¨‚àë     Scott Alexander, Catholic Theological Union

TICKETS
Conference fee $129, includes all meals and Saturday banquet
Saturday one-day pass $75, includes luncheon and evening banquet
Student fee $75 for entire conference
Banquet only $50 (Saturday, May 14 6:00pm)
Registration begins at 5:00pm Friday and 8:00am Saturday 
http://www.cair-net.org/2005conference

ACCOMMODATIONS
Hotel rooms available at a discount rate of $89 (703-448-1234).  Reservations must be made by May 6
If you have any questions or would like to make a reservation over the phone, please call us at 202-488-8787, or email
events@cair-net.org

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The Reebok Human Rights Award Program seeks nominations of young human rights activists

Members of the international community of human rights and non-governmental organizations are urged to nominate young men and women to honor for their courage and contributions to further human rights.

The Reebok Human Rights Award was established in 1988, and has since then, provided 76 young activists from 35 countries support and encouragement at a critical time in their advocacy work. The award, which seeks to shine a positive, international light on the awardees and to support their work in human rights, provides recipients with a $50,000 grant from the Reebok Human Rights Foundation for the human rights organization of their choice.

Human rights and non-governmental organizations are urged to nominate young men and women to receive the award. Candidates must be 30 years of age or younger. They cannot advocate violence or belong to an organization that advocates violence, and they must be working on an issue that directly relates to the United Nations’ “Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” Women and men of all races, ethnic groups, nationalities, and religious backgrounds are eligible.

PURPOSE OF AWARD

Established in 1988, the Reebok Human Rights Award honors young people from the United States and around the world who have made significant contributions to the cause of human rights, often against great odds. The purpose of the Award is to shine a positive, international light on the awardees and to support their work in human rights. A $50,000 grant is given to further the work of each Award recipient.

ELIGIBILITY FOR AWARD

Award candidates must be 30 years of age or younger by December 31, 2005. Award candidates cannot advocate violence or belong to an organization that advocates violence. Award candidates must be working on an issue that directly relates to the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Women and men of all races, ethnic groups, nationalities and religions are eligible. The Award is given to an individual, based on that individual’s personal achievement and commitment. It is not given to groups of people, organizations, or as a memorial award to people who have died.

GUIDELINES FOR NOMINATIONS

Completed application form Letter of nomination Three letters of reference for the candidate, in addition to the nomination letter. Letters of recommendation should highlight why the individual is being recommended for the award and how long the nominator has been aware of the individual’s contributions. The candidate’s personal information on family background and history of human rights work should be included. Nominators must specify whether the Award candidate has received or is currently nominated for other human rights awards. The letters should answer the following questions: How long have you known the candidate and in what capacity? What are the personal achievements of the candidate? What motivated this person to begin human rights work, and what continues to inspire them? What are the obstacles that the nominee faces in accomplishing his/her work? How has the nominee lead or engaged others in his/her work? How has the nominee’s work impacted the community? Copy of birth certificate or other proof of age. Nominee must be 30 years of age or younger on December 31st, 2005. Supporting materials such as: photographs, newspaper clippings, narratives or other items describing the candidate’s work. Please note that materials submitted with the nomination cannot be returned. Please provide examples (or anecdotes) to illustrate your description of the candidate.

Please provide translations in English, if possible, of any materials submitted that are not in English, French, or Spanish.

* If any of the nomination components are to be sent separately, please note which ones on the application form.

NOMINATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MAY 31, 2005.

PLEASE SEND THE COMPLETED NOMINATION TO:

The Reebok Human Rights Award Program
Reebok International Ltd.
1895 J.W. Foster Blvd
Canton, MA 02021 U.S.A.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT THE REEBOK HUMAN RIGHTS PROGRAM AT:

tel: 781-401-4910 or 781-401-5061
fax: 781-401-4806
email: rhraward@reebok.com
website: www.reebok.com/humanrights

 

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CSID Seeking New Office Space

The Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID) is pleased to announce it is expanding its headquarters in Washington DC. The rapid growth shows both the success of CSID and the heightened interest and importance of CSID’s mission.

The overwhelming support of individuals like yourself has enabled CSID to triple its full time staff and to expand its programs within the US and around the world.

We are currently seeking office space in Washington DC that will fulfill the current needs of CSID and accommodate for future growth.

Please inform us if you know of any locations, within the District of Columbia or in Northern Virginia (close to a metro station), that rent for $28.00 to $32.00 per square foot. We are seeking approximately 1200-1400 square feet of office space, in addition to shared secretarial, meeting, and conference space.

 

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Zahir Janmohamed at zahir@islam-democracy.org.

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