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First public inquiry into Islamophobia launched in Scotland

26th Jul 2019
First public inquiry into Islamophobia launched in Scotland

MSP Anas Sarwar will chair first public inquiry into Islamophobia (Photo: Ahmed J Versi/Muslim News)

Elham Asaad Buaras

The first public inquiry into Islamophobia will be held in Scotland to examine the degree of discrimination towards Muslims. The inquiry by Holyrood’s Cross-Party Group on Tackling Islamophobia will seek feedback from the public, employers and organisations about experiences with Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hatred.

News of the public inquiry comes three months after the Glasgow-based Muslim Women’s

Resource Centre released shocking statistics that revealed nearly two-thirds of Muslim women in Scotland have witnessed or experienced a hate incident or crime and 74 per cent of those women said they were the victim. The group said it invited evidence about the “current nature and extent” of Islamophobia in Scotland, including gendered Islamophobia, intersections and other prejudices; the role of media, the public sector and politicians in tackling Islamophobia; the impact on children, young people and families; and steps that can be taken to “challenge and overcome Islamophobia.

The Chair of the group Member of the Scottish Parliament, Anas Sarwar, said the group had, “established that Scotland is not immune from Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hatred.
We now want to gather evidence on the nature and extent of Islamophobia and identify the steps that should be taken to challenge and overcome hatred and prejudice, working with the Scottish Government and politicians, public bodies and the media.
The fight against hate is a fight for all of us, and working together we can build a Scotland free of Islamophobia and all forms of prejudice.

In April Scotland’s political parties agreed to adopt a formal definition of Islamophobia to combat hate crime.

The definition classified discrimination against Muslims as a form of racism, stating: “Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness.”

* Scottish Justice Secretary, Humza Yousaf, is to stop using Twitter after his two-year-old baby was the target of racist abuse. Yousaf tweeted:Taking a wee break from Twitter. Every day a relentless barrage of abuse mainly from same quarters. I’m a thick-skinned politician but not going to sit back and just accept every time I turn my phone on, esp when my wee girl becomes the target.

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