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Friday, March 27, 2009

Put People First Rally - Muslims Join Fellow Britons in Their Fight for Jobs, the Climate and A New Economy

27th March 2009

The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) and its affiliated bodies will be sending their members to join fellow citizens in this important rally prior to the G20 Summit in London. They have responded to calls made by the Muslim Council of Britain to engage with civil society and seek social justice and equity on local, national and international levels. The G20 represents an attempt to create more stakeholders in the global economic architecture, noted Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari, MCB Secretary General.

As Prime Minister Gordon Brown observed, the Washington Consensus, designed to push the burden of adjustment disproportionately on developing countries, is no longer tenable. A new global order with a wider range of stakeholders is the only way to create the global response to overcome the crisis by flawed financial capitalism. The MCB welcomes this sentiment and believes this will lead to greater equity at a global level. It wants to participate fully in civil society efforts to ensure that the G20 Summit stays on course and does not get diverted to other agendas or mere window dressing, he added.

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Notes to Editors:
The Muslim Council of Britain is the UK's largest Muslim umbrella body with around 500 affiliated national, regional and local organisations, mosques, charities and schools.

Media enquiries should be addressed to the MCB Media Office on 0845 26 26 786 or 07956 353 738. Email: media@mcb.org.uk.

Non-media enquiries should be addressed to the MCB Office at The Muslim Council of Britain, PO Box 57330, London E1 2WJ. Tel: 0845 26 26 786 Fax: 0207 247 7079

This press release and other MCB publications and information are available on the MCB website at www.mcb.org.uk

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