International Day to Combat Islamophobia Statement

15 Mar, 2024 | Latest, Tackling Hate Crime

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15th March 2024

Intolerance and hostility towards any community are unacceptable and stand in stark contrast to the values of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, co-drafted by our namesake Monsieur René Cassin. As anti-Muslim hate in the UK is on the rise, it is important to remember the basic human values embedded with the 1948 Declaration: solidarity, security, tolerance, and respect.

The evidence provided by Tell MAMA on the record-high incidents of anti-Muslim hate – on our streets and online – is deeply concerning, including the alarming rise in racist abuse and attacks against Muslim asylum seekers and refugees.   

At this very difficult time in the Middle East, where both Jews and Muslims are suffering, no one should be harmed here in the UK because of their faith or ethnicity. If we are to fulfil the vision and legacy of the Declaration, we must protect all groups from prejudice and discrimination. This is true for Jews, Muslims and all marginalised and minority groups living in the UK.

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