Conservatives criticised for refusing to adopt recommended definition of Islamophobia


The Conservative Party has been criticised for refusing to undertake the definition of Islamophobia produced by the all-party parliamentary group on British Muslims. 

The definition, which was produced after six months of consultations, classifies discrimination in opposition to Muslims as a type of racism and has been described as a necessity to deal with the rise of far-right racism.

The Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats have each adopted the definition, which reads: “Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a sort of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness.”

Plaid Cymru informed The Unbiased they too will now use the definition, which has been endorsed by dozens of consultants, and sources near the SNP management stated they have been additionally on the verge of doing so.  

Liz Saville Roberts, Plaid Cymru’s Westminster chief, stated: “Plaid Cymru is happy to undertake the formal definition of Islamophobia.

“Islamophobia, and certainly any kind of racism, is abhorrent and it’s the accountability of all political events to make sure we do all the things we will to advertise a extra tolerant and inclusive society.”

In December The Unbiased revealed that more than 50 cross-party parliamentarians had written to the government to induce them to undertake the definition. 

The calls have been ignored and the Conservative Occasion has confronted a barrage of criticism after a number of examples of members and elected councillors posting Islamophobic and racist content material has appeared on-line. 

No less than 40 individuals have been suspended up to now this month and the celebration has been accused of making an attempt to “sweep Islamophobia beneath the carpet” after it quietly reinstating 15 previously suspended councillors.

The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) warned that the Conservative Occasion was susceptible to “putting themselves on the improper facet of the argument”. 

“Amongst those that oppose the definition are many bigots, these wilfully in search of to misrepresent the definition, those that want to set a regular for the definition not set for different communities, in addition to those that have good religion considerations,” a spokesperson for the MCB stated. 

“Plainly many dangerous religion actors are motivated by a need to disclaim Muslims the correct to outline the bigotry and discrimination they face. The Conservative Occasion ought to be cautious of putting themselves on the improper facet of the argument and we name on the Occasion to unequivocally undertake the definition. 

“Our political events ought to be united in working with Muslim communities and confronting Islamophobia wherever it’s discovered.”

The Conservatives have been informed to launch an pressing inquiry into Islamophobia within the celebration

A spokesperson for the Conservative Occasion stated: “We’re deeply involved at hatred directed in opposition to Muslims and others due to their religion or heritage. Any type of discrimination or abuse is improper and the sturdy motion we tackle anti-Muslim discrimination is testomony to the seriousness with which we take such points.

“We all know that some have prompt that establishing a definition of Islamophobia might strengthen efforts to confront bigotry and division. Any such strategy would must be thought-about fastidiously to make sure that this might have the constructive impact meant.

“Following the current publication of the Hate Crime Motion Plan, we sit up for the result of the Authorities’s work to confront hatred, bigotry and division with the Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group.”

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