Poligon and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and invite you support the Combating International Islamophobia Act (S.3384). Adopted in the U.S. House last December (H.R.5665), this act would create a special envoy in the U.S. Department of State to monitor and combat international Islamophobia and require the department to annually report on Islamophobia.
Our primary goal is to encourage greater Senate co-sponsorship of this bill and encourage Muslim and allied community members to openly ask their U.S. Senators whether they plan to support this bill and the creation of the Islamophobia envoy position. While we do not necessarily expect the Senate to adopt the act this year, we are hopefully planting the seeds of victory for next year.
Who Is Already a Co-Sponsor?
S.3384 was introduced by Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and Raphael Warnock (D-GA).
The bill is currently being held up in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) due to lack of Republican Senator cosponsorship. All House Republicans voted against the companion bill to S.3384.
It is important for the Senate version of this bill to gain additional Republican cosponsors because Senate committee procedures require bipartisan support for legislation to be scheduled for a markup and hearing.
How to Help?
Call you Senators to support and co-sponsor the bill
Tweet and Post about this bill on social media. See our toolkit here.
Reasons to Support the Combating International Islamophobia Act:
In its 2021 annual report, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) identified three Countries of Particular Concern primarily for their treatment of Muslims.
Several additional countries listed by USCIRF were identified as having patterns of mistreatment and human rights violations against either their entire Muslim populations or particular sects of Muslims. This includes several Muslim-majority countries.
State acts of persecution and violence against Muslims can be found in India and Burma – in addition to China, which the United States recognized as committing a genocide and crimes against humanity against Uyghur Muslims and other Turkic minority groups living the country’s Uyghur region.
Anti-Muslim rhetoric, bigotry and acts of violence also go together with the rise of political parties that outwardly attack the rights of Muslims, especially in France and other parts of Europe.
Transnational white supremacist and Islamophobic hate group networks have also inspired their followers to commit acts of anti-Muslim violence and terrorism, including but not limited to the tragic summer 2021 murder of a Muslim family in London, Ontario and the 2019 Christchurch, New Zealand Mosque shootings.
Urge your elected officials to approve the Combating International Islamophobia Act, which would provide valuable information for understanding Islamophobia as a global phenomenon and give the U.S. a new tool to combat it.