(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 1/7/2020) – The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ), today applauded Governor Phil Murphy’s Statement on Oppressive Policies Toward Muslims in China, Myanmar and India.

On January 3 New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy issued a statement expressing concern for the oppressive policies toward Muslims in China, Myanmar, and India. In his statement Governor Murphy calls the Uyghur crisis an “egregious violation of their human rights”; the Myanmar crisis “one of the world’s most abhorrent state-sanctioned policies of repression and annihilation”; and called for India to abandon its “restrictive and intolerant” citizenship law that “threatens its long and proud history as a secular and diverse democratic nation.”

Governor Murphy ends by saying, “It is time for all nations, including ours, to take firm and unequivocal stances against the narrow thinking that is fueling these divisions and embrace the world as it should be — tolerant, pluralistic, and interconnected.”

SEE: Statement by Governor Murphy on Oppressive Policies Toward Muslims in China, Myanmar, and India


SEE: Statement by Governor Murphy on Oppressive Policies Toward Muslims in China, Myanmar, and India


In a statement, CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut said:

“As a civil rights organization, we applaud Governor Murphy’s recent statement acknowledging and condemning the oppression endured by Muslims in China, Myanmar and India. In the name of justice, we join hand-in-hand with Governor Murphy, standing on the right side of history, calling for our nation and others to unequivocal speak out against the oppression of Muslims globally.
“We are pleased to see Governor Murphy join a growing number of elected officials who are willing to speak truth to power and call out the abhorrent government policies of these nations that have led to the inexcusable suffering of Muslims and other minorities.”

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.



CONTACT: CAIR-NJ Executive Director Selaedin Maksut, 908-668-5900, smaksut@cair.com