BMSDemocracy is pleased to have attended the APPG British Muslims ‘Islamophobia Defined’ report launch yesterday in parliament. Defining Islamophobia as a racism is an important step towards challenging the institutional barriers and hate crime Muslims face in Britain.
We have explicitly encouraged schools to adopt the definition of Islamophobia as anti-Muslim racism which can be found in our Advice for Schools document. Given the recent incident of bullying (that involved physical violence) at a school in Huddersfield, it is vital that this definition of Islamophobia is recognised and implemented institutionally nationwide.
We welcome this new definition of Islamophobia, adapted through consultation from Muslim communities, faith leaders, academics, and organisations.