The Rise of Institutionalised Islamophobia

01 Jun 2004

The MCB welcomes today’s timely publication of the updated Islamophobia report by the Commission on British Muslims and Islamophobia.

“We have been witnessing a relentless increase in hostility towards Islam and British Muslims and it is clear that existing race relations bodies have been either unable or unwilling to combat this phenomenon effectively. The past fortnight has seen the Metropolitan Police Authority announce a record 41% increase in the numbers of Asians subjected to ‘Stop & Search’ practice by the police and a virulently anti-Muslim party political broadcast by the far-right British National Party shown on our national TV stations. Islamophobia is becoming institutionalised,” said Iqbal Sacranie, Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Britain.

In its submission to the Islamophobia Commission, the MCB had stated:

“Very little progress has been made in tackling the horror of Islamophobia in the United Kingdom since it was brought into sharp focus by the Commission on British Muslims and Islamophobia in its report published in 1997. Whilst we recognise the adverse impact of international politics on the perception of Islam generally and Muslims living in the United Kingdom, we strongly feel that the government has done little to discharge its responsibilities under international law to protect its Muslim citizens and residents from discrimination, vilification, harassment and deprivation.”

The MCB urges all governmental and local council departments and public service bodies to study and act urgently on the worrying findings of the new Islamophobia report.

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Note for Editors:

The anti-Muslim broadcast by the BNP can still be seen on the BNP’s official website, www.bnp.org.uk

The Islamophobia report can be purchased through Trentham Books, ISBN 1 85856 317 8, price, £12.99 Tel: 01782745567 or www.trentham-books.co.uk.

Further information is available at www.insted.co.uk/islam.html

The Muslim Council of Britain (www.mcb.org.uk) is the UK’s representative Muslim umbrella body with over 400 affiliated national, regional and local organisations, mosques, charities and schools.

For further information please contact tel: 07956 353 738 or 07939 472 998

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