[Michigan, February 11, 2015]:  The American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) expresses its sorrow and condolences to the family of fellow American humanitarian aid worker Ms Kayla Mueller who was brutally killed by the terrorist group ISIS or IS. The killing of Kayla is another crime against humanity committed by ISIS, a group that holds no regards to basic human decency. Few days ago the world witnessed the barbaric killing of the Muslim Jordanian Pilot, First Lieutenant Muaz al-Kassasbeh,  and the beheadings of the two Japanese citizens, journalist Kenji Goto and security company owner Haruna Yukawa.

ISIS’s acts of terror have been a growing challenge facing the free world and threatening the stability of peace in the Middle East region as well as the rest of the world. The late Kayla was a true humanitarian who devoted her life to help and aid various disadvantaged groups. She has helped Palestinian refugees under the Israeli occupation  as well Syrian refugees who were displaced as a result of the ongoing conflict and war. Kayla put her life on the line just to lend a helping hand to those who are in dire need of help. Kayla represents America at its best, working tirelessly to elevate the suffering of people in need. The killing of Kayla like the rest of the other crimes committed by ISIS is totally inhumane and is an unspeakable horrific assault on our common humanity.

AHRC reiterates its strong condemnation of such crime. AHRC reaffirms its call for the world community to identify the root causes for such a growing threat represented by ISIS and other  extremist and violent groups regardless of who it is and where  it may be found. Kayla’s death is another reminder regarding the extent of the danger we are faced with. The power of evil proved its ability to surprise us with appalling violence that left the world at a loss for words to describe it, to understand it and confront it effectively. AHRC joins the Mueller family and the human rights community in mourning the death of Kayla. Kayla reminds us of another martyr, Rachel Corrie, another American woman who sacrificed her life to help others and advance human rights in the world.  We all were moved by her words and the letter she sent before her brutal execution. Her legacy inspires us to work harder to promote human rights.

“Kayla was a true humanitarian hero that represented our best American values,” said Imad Hamad, AHRC Executive Director. Kayla will be remembered by the people of conscience  in the world as a true martyr for human rights,” continued Hamad

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