The American Human rights Council (AHRC) welcomes the release of Mr. Mohamed Soltan, a fellow US citizen from his Egyptian prison. Soltan was detained in Egypt from August of 2013 and endured a painful experience – he almost died in detention. Soltan was forced to renounce his Egyptian citizenship as part of the release arrangements according to several news sources.
Mr. Soltan ran into problems with the Egyptian authorities for exercising freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and other peaceful activities in Egypt during the movement for reform in Egypt. Soltan declared a hunger strike for over 14 months challenging the unfair treatment he was subjected to during his detention, AHRC was a strong advocate on behalf of Mr. Soltan’s quest for justice.
Like several other human rights organizations and concerned citizens all over the world, AHRC constantly demanded the immediate release of Mr. Sultan and demanded that US administration and the US state department take the proper actions to help secure his release and ensure his safety. AHRC notes that Soltan is not the only political prisoner in Egypt.
“The release of Mr. Soltan should be followed by the release of the other political prisoners who are still in jail and are suffering abuse and other forms of inhumane and degrading treatment. AHRC reiterates its call on the Egyptian government to fully comply with the standards of the UN Universal declaration of Human rights,” stated Imad Hamad, AHRC Executive Director.
AHRC condemns the inhumane “burning” of an Iraqi citizen:
The American Human Rights Council (AHRC) joins the human rights community in condemning the brutal and vicious burning alive of a Sunni Iraqi citizen accused of being an ” IS’ supporter. The victim was burned alive by sectarian militia’s members in Iraq. According to media resources and a video (as similar cases, it wasn’t possible to verify the authenticity of the video) that was heavily circulated on the social media outlets, it shows that members of the called the Imam Ali Brigade, a “Shiite” group and a member of the Hashid Shaabi, or Popular Mobilization Unit, fighting IS committed this horrific act. This horrific act of terror, reminded the world once again with the barbaric burning of the Jordanian pilot by IS “Islamic State” few months ago. According to the Human Rights watch and other international human rights organizations, the sectarian militias have been accused of widespread human rights violations and war crimes against Iraq’s Sunni Muslim minority, including summary executions, mass killings, torture, expulsions and looting.
AHRC warns that the sectarian conflict is worsening in Iraq as well as in Syria and the other troubled areas in the Middle East region. Such conflict has created a serious humanitarian crises and caused misery for millions of human beings. AHRC condemns all acts of terror and torture regardless of the identities of the victim and the perpetrator. Torture and inhumane acts of terror recognize no faith nor religion and are unequivocally condemned.
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AHRC condemns the terror attack on a mosques in Saudi Arabia:
The American Human Rights Council (AHRC) strongly condemns the terror attack against the Imam Hussein mosque in Dammam and the Imam Ali mosque in the Al-Qadeeh in the Eastern region of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. These terrorist attacks were executed by IS “Islamic state” suicide bombers who claimed responsibility. Such horrific attacks cause severe damages, several injures of worshippers civilians and a number of deaths. Among the dead was Mr. Abduljaleel Alarbash, 22 years old, and an undergraduate electrical engineering student at Wichita State University in Kansas, who was visiting Saudi Arabia to get married and was expected to return to the university in the fall.
AHRC reiterates its strongest condemnation of all acts of terror in any part of the world. AHRC reiterates that terrorism is our common enemy and it recognizes no region or nationality. AHRC expresses its deep condolences to the victims’ families and wish a speedy recovery to the injured. The world should remain united against all acts of terrorism.
AHRC joins The Dearborn Police Department in ENCOURAGING SAFE DRIVING
Today, Monday, June 1, 2015 at 11:00 am, the American Human Rights Council (AHRC) joined the Dearborn Police Department “Youth Drivers/Summertime Traffic Issues” media event encouraging Safe Driving. According to a DPD release issued on May 19, 2015, Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among American teenagers, killing between 5,000 and 6,000 children and young adults every year among them 23 percent are drivers under 21 years of age.
Brief remarks were presented by several guest speakers including Ronald Haddad, DPD Chief, Mayor Jack O’Reilly, Mothers Against Drunk driving, AAA Michigan, Ford Motor Company’s “Driving Skills For Life”, Michigan State Police, Brian Whiston, DPS superintended and students. A special tribute of appreciation was presented to AAA by the DPD and the City of Dearborn for their ongoing support to this program.
All speakers stressed the importance of driving safe without distraction especially among the young and the youth. Speakers urged parents to be the lead by example and not to take the fault of their children while driving lightly.
“Drive safely to avoid Tragedy. Nothing is more precious that the human life” said Hamad. AHRC Executive Director. “Parents as well and the young should avoid distractions when driving. Sometimes it is a matter of seconds between life and death,” continued Hamad.
AHRC commends the DPD, its leadership, and its partners on this valuable effort. The right to life is the most important human right and all efforts to save lives advance human rights of all. Nothing is more valuable and more precious than the lives of our youths. Saving human lives through education and awareness is key to avoid possible tragedies.
AHRC Youth & Volunteers in Action Supporting the Relay for Life: The Humanity Units Us.
On Saturday, May 30, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., The American Human Rights Council (AHRC) Youth members and volunteers joined over 41 teams and over 382 other active participants in support of the Relay for Life annual event at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn. Despite the rain and relatively unexpected wind and cold weather, AHRC volunteers actively participated supporting this important humanistic cause by raising funds for the Relay for Life cause.
AHRC Youth Members managed to sell food and organize games and activities for those who visited the AHRC Tent. Donations raised will be allocated to support research fighting cancer through Relay For Life project.
AHRC salutes all of the youths and student volunteers who worked this important event. AHRC expresses its great appreciation to all members who helped in making this event a success, especially the donors Captain Jay’s Fish & Chicken, Al-Noor Hot Dogs and others.