AHRC Bulletin – August 25, 2014:
National March in Detroit demanding the END of the SIEGE of GAZA :
On Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 1:30 PM, and in response to this ongoing war crimes and crimes against humanity, the ANSWER Coalition and a broad coalition of anti-war, Muslim and Arab-American groups will hold a national march in Detroit, MI. All peace- loving people will be joining hands in a national march in the city of Detroit demanding the end of the illegal siege of Gaza- Palestine. The atrocities committed by the Israeli regime keep piling up in Gaza. Since July 8 of this year over 2000 people were murdered by Israel (80 percent of which are civilians) including 437 children and 246 women, and over 10,000 injured. Gaza has been under a suffocating siege by Israel since 2007. Gathering will be at in front of Cobo Center, 1 Washington Blvd, Detroit. For information on bus transportation to the city call (313) 999-4420 or email DetroitGazaMarch2014@gmail.com. Transportation will be listed at www.ANSWERcoalition.org
Partial List of Sponsors: ANSWER Coalition, The American Human Rights Council (AHRC) American Muslims for Palestine, National Lawyers Guild, American Muslim Alliance, Muslim American Society, Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), Detroit Area Peace with Justice Network, Islamic Center of Detroit, Michigan Coalition for Human Rights, Palestine Cultural Office, Michigan, Michigan Emergency Coalition against Racism and Injustice, Detroit Water Coalition, American Arab Women’s Community Network, Dearborn Community Center, One Hamtramck, Code Pink, Witness Against Torture, Immigrant Justice Center, Peace Action, Peace Thru Justice Foundation, American-Arab and Muslim Political Action Committee, Black Workers for Justice, Imam Jamil Al-Amin Humanitarian National Support Committee, Northern Interfaith Alliance, Muslim Mothers for Peace
AHRC condemns the massacre of worshipers in Diyala:
The American Human Rights Council (AHRC) strongly condemns the brutal crime of the mass executions ofArab “Sunni” worshipers during the Friday prayers at Musab bin Umayr Mosque in the city of Himreen in Diyala Province in Eastern Iraq on August 22, 2014. Media reports indicate that anti-Sunni sectarian militiamen burst into the mosque during the Friday prayers and began executing the worshipers who included women and children. These armed militiamen posted snipers outside the mosque to prevent the burial of the victims, which amounted to around 73. The activities of these sectarian militias according the several media reports and agencies constitute serious violations of the international humanitarian law. Hundreds of thousands of innocent people, mainly children and women, are suffering extreme hardship due to the activities of these different sectarian criminal militias in Iraq. AHRC joins the human rights community in calling for a concerted international response to the atrocities committed by such seatrain militant groups as well as the threat of ISIS.The United Nations must uphold the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and intervene to end the humanitarian crisis in Iraq that has harmed all the communities in Iraq.
“A mosque as a house of worship should be an island of peace in the middle of chaos and war. All worship places must be respected, protected, preserved and untouched regardless of faith” said Imad Hamad, AHRC Acting Director. “We urge the Iraqi government to bring the criminals to justice and we call on all Iraqis to unite to save Iraq from catastrophe. We hope the international community spares no in effort in ending the ongoing tragedy in Iraq,” continued Hamad.
Zaman International 5th Annual Walk4Humanity
On Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 9:00 AM, Zaman International will be holding its 5th Annual Walk4Humanity. The American Human Rights Council (AHRC) calls for strong support to support this important and worthy cause through the 5k run. The walk will be followed by a community celebration with food, refreshments, and activities for all ages. Activities include pony rides, games, prizes, face painting, and much, much more. Not only will you share a fun day with your family and community members, but you will support Zaman’s programs, too, as all proceeds from the 5th Annual Walk4Humanity assist families in need locally and abroad. The event will take place at the Ford Field, located at 22051 Cherry Hill St, Dearborn, MI 48124. Check-In and Registration: 9am. Run and Walk Time: 10:30am. Donation: $30 for Adults; $10 for students, seniors, and children; Children under 5 are free. For more information, call 313-551-3994 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join the Eleanor’s Walk for Hope 2014:
On Sunday, October 12, 2014, Focus: HOPE will be celebrating more than 45 years of fighting racism, poverty and injustice. The AHRC calls upon all to actively participate in this annual walk. to join such celebration through participating in this annual WALK. While registration is free, Focus: Hope is suggesting that walkers obtain sponsorship of at least $25 from family and friends in support of WALK 2014! Donors of $25 will receive a FREE Eleanor’s Walk for Hope T-shirt. For more information visit http://focushopewalk.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1110980#sthash.vkh1HDqZ.dpuf. Join the Eleanor’s Walk for Hope 2014. Registration begins at 11:00 AM at 1355 Oakman Boulevard in Detroit.