Australian Muslims feel unfairly targeted by anti-terror laws: study reveals

2015-03-16 06:35:50 | Al Muslim News
Australian Muslims feel unfairly targeted by anti-terror laws: study reveals

 

An opinion poll has revealed that the majority of Muslim Australians believe anti-terrorism laws in the country have been unjustly aimed at them.

The Guardian published on Monday, the study, which was conducted before the largest counter-terrorism raids in Australia in September 2014, participated 800 Australian Muslims varied in age, genders and backgrounds, including Pakistanis, Syrians, Indonesians and South Africans.

Opinion Poll showed that almost 75% of the participants felt that counter-terrorism measures unfairly targeted them while a majority of them said they feel “under siege.

Almost 50% of the participants said they intentionally have changed the way they dress in an attempt to keep away from inspections, and many of them have avoided certain mosques. Most of them also said their travel, too, has been changed.

One of the researchers, from University of Queensland criminologist Adrian Cherney, said the study showed that police, especially those in Sydney, needed to do more to build trust and a willingness to cooperate among Australian Muslim.

Referring to the image of Muslims in media, participants less than one-third said they believed the media treat Muslims in fair way, but most felt Muslims were treated fairly by authorities and in their schools and workplaces.

Most agreed with anti-terrorism laws in principle and believed that authorities “have a job to doâ€.

The Study also found that nearly 90% of those polled agreed that “terrorist groups distort the true meaning of Islam.â€

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