Report reveals rising Islamophobia and racism in Europe

2015-05-14 09:40:12 | Al-Muslim
Report reveals rising Islamophobia and racism in Europe
Ayhan Kucuk, Head of International Center for Watching Violation of Rights (UHIM)


 Muslims in Europe still suffer from hatred, racism, physical assault and Islamophobia, according to a report released by the International Center for Watching Violation of Rights (UHİM).

A report entitled "Hatred, Islamophobia and Racism in Europe" has revealed the rising xenophobia against Muslim minority in Europe. The study focused on Muslim communities, how they experience Islamophobia and how Islamophobia manifests itself, Anadolu Agency reported.

According to the report, segregation, hate speech and violent attacks which Muslims face in the western countries are considered to be outcomes of Islamophobia, but this term, which means "Fear of Islam", does not adequately represent the reality since violence towards Muslims is based on hostility rather than fear.

Ayhan Kucuk,Head of the Center,  read a declaration regarding the report on Tuesday, in a meeting organized in Bağlarbaşı Congress and Cultural Center in Istanbul.

Kucuk said that discrimination affects the daily life of Muslims in Europe, and they have difficulties in every aspect of life. He added that Muslims have difficulties in renting a house, or they are fired because of their beards, that Muslims' job applications are not considered because of their names, that school directorates prevent Muslim students' parents from attending organizations, and that hijabi woman have problems when they try to register for a sports complex.

Kucuk further explained that the popularity of racist political speech has helped racist and xenophobic political parties emerge in several European countries like Austria, Italy and Netherlands and that thousands of acts of violence happen in Europe, which result in casualties.

As a solution to the problem, Kucuk suggested that “legislation in European countries should protect the right of foreigners and Muslims. The states should ensure their security and also protect their property.”
“The UN should name Islamophobia as a crime and impose sanctions,” Kucuk suggested.

The report suggested that the UN should create “small monitoring units and information reached through these units should be filed on a regular basis and presented to the competent authorities.”

The report suggested that the UN should create “small monitoring units and information reached through these units should be filed on a regular basis and presented to the competent authorities.”


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