British Muslims say they fear that ‘hate crime and anti-Muslim racism will go unchallenged’ after the prime minister went back on his pledge to hold an inquiry into Islamophobia in the Conservative Party.
Boris Johnson had promised to hold an inquiry into Islamophobia, along with other Tory party leadership hopefuls, during a leadership debate in June.
Calls for an independent inquiry have been led by Muslims across the country.
However, on Friday the prime minister said there would not be a specific inquiry into Islamophobia, but rather an investigation into ‘prejudices of all kinds’. That decision has been met with concern by British Muslims.
Dr Siema Iqbal, co-founder of Advancing Voices of Women against Islamophobia, said it sent out a clear message that Muslims ‘did not matter’, which she found ‘upsetting’. Dr Iqbal told Metro.co.uk: ‘Boris Johnson’s refusal to investigate the very real issue of Islamophobia, experienced by Muslims throughout the country, and fuelled by himself and members of his party, comes sadly as no surprise to many British Muslims but is totally unacceptable. ‘Instead, the Tory party are choosing to sling “similar but opposite” accusations at the opposition, in what can only be understood as a deflection tactic, and an attempt to pit minority religious communities against each other for political gain.’
(SOURCE - METRO)
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