A coalition of U.S. Muslim groups has offered what it calls a "qualified endorsement" of John Kerry in the U.S. presidential race.

The American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections praised the Kerry campaign for its outreach to Muslims, and noted Mr. Kerry's criticism of President Bush.

But it said the Kerry team has failed to show clear support for constitutional principles ensuring that people receive fair and open trials.

Due process for Muslims accused of terrorist activity has been a major issue for American Muslims during the presidential campaign.

The coalition said the Bush administration has been insensitive to the civil liberties and human rights of American Muslims, Arab-Americans and South Asians.