The All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Muslims will be presenting the findings of its latest inquiry in Parliament on 27th November 2018. The 6-month inquiry is the most extensive piece of work done in collaboration with parliamentarians, academics, legal experts, Muslim organisations and British Muslim communities looking into the realities of Islamophobia.
The inquiry concludes by providing a working definition of Islamophobia. The definition is exemplified by case study examples and is presented within a framework resembling the IHRA definition of Antisemitism, providing requisite guidelines on the operational aspects of the definition.
The APPG on British Muslims defines Islamophobia:
“Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness”
Wes Streeting MP, co-chair of the APPG for British Muslims and Labour MP for Ilford North, said:
“From attacks on hijab-wearing Muslim women on the streets through to the subtle institutional forms that deprives British Muslims an equal opportunity to flourish within our society, Islamophobia is a form of racism and it is growing in our society. To tackle it, Islamophobia must be accurately and fully defined and that’s why this inquiry centered around the discussion on a working definition.”
“This landmark report brings about a working definition of Islamophobia for the first time, which will allow us to tackle this prejudice head on. The adoption of this definition by political parties, statutory agencies and civil society organisations will allow us to turn a corner to move forward towards a fairer society.”