Pakistani media is reporting the United States Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO) has published an open letter calling on President Joe Biden to appoint a State Department special envoy to monitor and combat Islamophobia. According to the report by the Associated Press of Pakistan:
April 25, 2021 In a letter to the president, the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO) said such an envoy at the State Department could help address the Islamophobia that affects the third largest religious group in the country. The envoy could support efforts both in the United States and internationally against anti-Muslim hate crimes and where Muslims are denied constitutional rights.
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Along with demanding the appointment of a special envoy, the USCMO also requested that Biden include Muslims at every level of government, meet with Muslim community leaders, and pursue systemic policy reforms to address anti-Muslim discrimination. According to the article, the White House has not yet responded to media inquiries about whether the administration will appoint such an envoy, and a State Department spokesperson has said the department could not speak to any potential nomination.
Groups tied to the Global Muslim Brotherhood in the United States, a transnational Islamist influence network covered by the Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR), have repeatedly tried to influence the Biden administration regarding nominations of US government employees and policies pertaining to Muslims and civil rights in general.
The United States Council of Muslim Organizations was established in 2014 by eight organizations, seven of which are part of the US Muslim Brotherhood. Since its founding, the USCMO has grown to include 35 member organizations, almost half known to be part of the US MB and including almost every important component of the Brotherhood in the US. Prior GIOR reporting about the USCMO by the GIOR has included:
- An October 2020 report that the USCMO had issued a statement severing its relationship with EMGAGE, a Muslim civil society organization also tied to the US Muslim Brotherhood.
- An October 2020 report that Turkish President Erdoğan had welcomed USCMO representatives to the Turkish presidential complex, discussing the need to strengthen US-Turkish relations.
- A January 2021 report that the USCMO had published an online form for government jobs in the Biden administration as part of its “Empowerment and Service” program.
- An April 2021 report that the representative of a USCMO member organization had met with the Turkish ambassador to the US and a Turkish-American influence group closely tied to the Turkish ruling party.