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€


Tags: #

Latest News

What to Next

Islam is the largest minority religion in Australia

The results of the latest national Census released on Tuesday 27 June 2017 reveal that Muslims are now the largest religious minority in Australia. ... More

Everything you need to know about Eid Al Fitr 2017

Eid Al Fitr is likely to be observed on June 25 in most Muslim countries. Muslims across the world will be hosting dozens of celebrations for Eid, ... More

Record breaking Iftars gathering at NSW Parliament : Australia

Mega-Iftar at the NSW Parliament on Wednesday 7 June, co-hosted by The Hon Ray Williams MP and Ms Sophie Cotsis, MP. This was the Affinity Interc... More

Younus shines but Australia in charge on day three of Sydney Test

Pakistan's Younus Khan notched his 34th Test century but Australia had reduced the tourists to 271 for eight, still 68 runs short of avoiding the ... More

Responses of all Muslims in Australia to Aussie Prime Minister to Muslims said Live with our beliefs or get out.

A strong and surge responses observed after the Aussie Minister speech about the immigration issues and focusing especially Muslim immigrants. People ... More

Australian PM holds national Iftar in Sydney

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull hosted a Ramadan Iftar on Thursday evening 16 June at Kirribilli House, Sydney, a first by an Australian PM. The in... More

Newly built Austrian refugee shelter set on fire, says Red Cross

VIENNA: A building in northern Austria that was due to house dozens of asylum seekers was deliberately set on fire, the Red Cross said on Wednesday, a... More

Bulgarian town bans face veil in public: Bulgaria

SOFIA: A Bulgarian town that is home to a Roma minority practising an ultraconservative form of Islam on Wednesday banned Islamic face veils in public... More

Europe intolerant towards Muslim politicians :EU

 Smear campaigns targeting Muslim politicians across Europe, which have seen many forced to quit, highlight an attitude of intolerance toward Mus... More

South Africa Vs Australia day-night test : Austarlia

MELBOURNE: South Africa are reluctant to play a day-night test during their tour of Australia as they have no experience with the pink ball, the Prote... More