11 November 2015

Government policy 'negatively affects' Muslims

.... In the latest survey, more than half (58%) said they had been treated with suspicion by society, while 93% said they had seen negative stereotypes of Muslims portrayed in the media.

The research, which was not conducted in the same way as standard opinion polls, also included in-depth interviews with 50 people.

The IHRC has been carrying out research into discrimination against Muslims for nearly two decades.

The report's author, Arzu Merali, said: "We have an environment now, where Muslim people feel they are suspected and where life is increasingly difficult.

"The impact of government policies, in particular those related with security, have really had an impact on silencing Muslims - not from a point of view of just talking about political issues, but even to report anti-Muslim hatred," she added. [BBC] Read more