A Muslim calling the adhan. Muslims have consistently spoken out on human rights issues.

A Muslim calling the adhan. Muslims have consistently spoken out on human rights issues.

Answer: Muslims have not been silent on human rights. My founding of this website, and my statement that I want to bring Muslims into the arena of anti-torture work, is not meant to imply that other Muslims have been silent in this area.

Actually, many Muslim organizations have issued repeated condemnations of torture in general, and of specific incidents of human rights abuses as they have occurred, both in the West and in the Muslim world.

In addition, there are Islamic organizations devoted solely to human rights issues, again both in the West and in the Muslim world.

Human rights workers in the Muslim world have showed amazing bravery, speaking up on these issues even as their members have frequently been arrested, imprisoned, and tortured.

Even in the West, Muslims who write too frequently about human rights abuses by countries like the USA, Israel and Russia have been subjected to governmental scrutiny and questioning, on the theory that, for example, any Muslim who is overly concerned by Russia’s human rights abuses in Chechnya may have ties to the Chechen resistance fighters, who are considered to be terrorists.

The one area that is lacking (and I could be wrong even about this) is that I do not see any Muslim organizations in the West devoted specifically to the issues of torture and political imprisonment, perhaps because of the fear of intimidation that I mentioned.

Therefore I have started this website to fill that gap. It is a vitally important issue, one that has been weighing on my mind for years, and I am glad to finally be addressing it directly.