16 Nov 2004
The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) views with gravest concern the worsening state of relations between Muslims and the wider community in the Netherlands. The collapse of trust and a resort to indiscriminate violence by both sides have been exacerbated by a wave of hysteria, irresponsible journalism and extremism.
The MCB’s Secretary General, Iqbal Sacranie, today called upon Dutch Muslims to hold fast to the noble teachings of Islam and not to be disunited or provoked into acts of lawlessness and criminality. He urged their leadership to ‘seek recourse in the law of the country.’ In the same vein, Sacranie said, ‘We urge the Dutch authorities to use its powers to protect everyone in the country and restore a climate of communal trust, respect, and freedom for all.’
Mr. Sacranie added, ‘The MCB is confident that due process will be expedited in the investigations into the recent spate of attacks against, and counter attacks involving, Muslims in Holland.’
The MCB calls for a dialogue of national reconciliation and healing of relations based on respect for civil and human rights as guaranteed under the Dutch constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The MCB is happy to put its good offices and expertise at the service of all parties to help put an end to the current regrettable situation.[Ends]
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