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Forum Against Islamophobia and Racism

Forum Against Islamophobia and Racism
Registration no. 1100985
Headquarters London
Location
  • 3 THE AVENUE
Budget
£120
Website fairuk.org

The Forum Against Islamophobia and Racism (FAIR) is a [3][4] Since its inception, it has produced numerous publications relating to Islamophobia in the United Kingdom.[5] Formed in 2000,[6] Navid Akhtar and Samar Mashadi have been directors of FAIR.[7]

Aims and activities

According to the group's mission statement, it was set up "for the purpose of raising awareness of and combating Islamophobia and racism, monitoring specific incidents of Islamophobia and racism, working towards eliminating religious and racial discrimination, campaigning and lobbying on issues relevant to Muslim and other multi-ethnic communities in Britain."[2]

FAIR was active in campaigning for passing of the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006 which outlawed the incitement towards religious hatred in Britain. They issued a memorandum in 2002 entitled "The Religious Offences Bill: A Response" to the House of Lords Select Committee in which they raised a number of publications by the far-right British National Party inciting hatred against Islam and the Muslim community in Britain, stating that this exposed a loophole in British law wherein some communities were protected from incitement to hatred whilst others were not.[8] In 2003, FAIR reported 29 incidents of assault or attacks against Muslims for that year, though they believe many went unreported. This included attacks on Muslim women and people wearing traditional Muslim clothes, as well as vandalism of mosques and Islamic centers. Also reported were desecration of Muslim graves.[9]

In 2004, the FAIR carried out a survey in association with the Muslim College and the Al-Khoei Foundation which found that since the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) and the National Assembly of Black People.[11]

Publications

  • Counter-Terrorism Powers: Reconciling Security and Liberty in an Open Society: Discussion Paper- A Muslim Response. (2004), London
  • A Response to the Government Consultation Paper, 'Towards Equality and Diversity: Implementing the Employment and Race Directives.' (2002) London.

Notes

  1. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_depth/world/2002/islamic_world/2188307.stm
  2. ^ a b T. Modood in: Spencer (2003) p. 106
  3. ^ Encyclopedia of Race and Ethnic studies, p. 218
  4. ^ Marsh (2006) p. 317
  5. ^ "Forum Against Islamophobia and Racism" official website, "Press releases."
  6. ^ http://en.trend.az/news/politics/1500402.html
  7. ^ http://www.jta.org/2009/02/05/news-opinion/world/fear-and-loathing-in-europe-islamophobia-and-the-challenge-of-integration
  8. ^ McGhee (2005) p. 104
  9. ^ Annual Report on International Religious Freedom (2005). Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor; US Department of State
  10. ^ See:
    • Merali et al. (2004) p. 22
    • Counter-Terrorism Powers: Reconciling Security and Liberty in an Open Society: Discussion Paper- A Muslim Response. (2004), London
  11. ^ Spencer (2003) p. 113

References

External links

  • Forum Against Islamophobia and Racism (fairuk.org) official website.
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