American group appeals for its removal from UAE terror list

Washington-based CAIR describes itself as America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organisation.

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Published: Sun 18 Jan 2015, 12:59 AM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 8:54 PM

Dubai: The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said on Friday it has sought to be removed from a UAE list that designates it as a terrorist organisation, along with dozens of other groups.

The move comes after the UAE Cabinet said that designated groups can pursue an appeals process to seek removal from the terrorism list.

Washington-based CAIR describes itself as America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organisation.

The UAE included CAIR on a list of 83 groups — including the Daesh group, a number of Al Qaeda-linked groups, as well as the Muslim Brotherhood and several Western-based organisations — it considers terrorist organisations.

The list was made public on November 15 and also included another US-based group, the Muslim American Society.

Washington has said it was seeking more details from the UAE over its listing of the two American groups, which the US does not consider terrorist organisations.

CAIR civil rights litigation director Jenifer Wicks said on Friday that details of a 2014 UAE law the designation was based on were made available online this week. She said CAIR has not yet received details of the appeals process.

 “Therefore, we asked that the submission sent this week be considered an appeal of the designation,” Wicks said in an email.

She said CAIR was awaiting a response from the UAE Embassy in Washington or the UAE Ministry of Justice, the first step in the appeals process.

The UAE has taken a tough stance against militants.



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