This report contains details of incidents of anti-Muslim hate crimes which have been reported in local and national media in the UK and which form part of our regular monitoring of such incidents for submission to the Office for Security and Co-operation in Europe. The incidents detailed here are not an exhaustive list of anti-Muslim hate crimes in the respective years. They are a compilation of incidents which we have documented from the reports carried in local and national news.
|The BBC and the Daily Mail both report on a new Muslim-friendly uniform designed by the Scout Association. Around 2,000 young Muslims are members of the Scouts and the new uniform was designed to enable them to feel “comfortable without being restricted.”|
From the BBC:
“Girl scouts have a new choice of uniform following requests from Muslim scout members.
|The Northampton Chronicle and Echo reports on the guilty verdict passed on an EDL member who threatened a Muslim taxi driver because of his religion. Charles Dickie, will be sentenced at a later date for committing a religiously aggravated offence.|
From the local paper:
“A man who claims to be a member of the English Defence League has been found guilty of threatening a Muslim taxi driver because of his religion, after “refusing” to attend court to mount a defence to the charge.
|The Guardian reports on the Foreign Office’s fight to conceal a key transcript from a telephone conversation between then British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and the former US president, George Bush, made in March 2003, just days before to the US led invasion of Iraq.|
The Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, had previously ruled that the section of the transcript relating to Blair should be disclosed. The Foreign Office is appealing the decision with the case now set before an information tribunal.
|Joseph Harker in the Guardian Comment is Free writes about the jailing of Liam Stacey yesterday for tweeting racist remarks about footballer Fabrice Muamba.|
Harker, reflecting on the sentence passed on Stacey and the acquittal of the BNP’s Nick Griffin and Mark Collett on charges of incitement to religious hatred in 2006, writes:
“Back in the 1970s, I remember the leading National Front activist, John Kingsley Read, being cleared of incitement to racial hatred even though, in a speech, he said such things as: “Last week in Southall, one nigger stabbed another nigger. Very unfortunate. One down, a million to go.”
|BBC Newsnight last night broadcast a special report on the rising threat of a violent, militant and racist far-right movement in Germany. The movement has increasingly been the focus of media attention after it emerged that a neo-Nazi cell was responsible for a string of murders in the German republic.|
Human rights groups say that neo-Nazis have been responsible for more murders in post-war Germany than any other group, including Islamists and far leftists.
|The Church of England newspaper last week featured a review of the British Museum’s exhibition on ‘Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam’.|
Reviewer Brian Cooper wrote:
“Latest of its major exhibitions on spiritual themes, it showcases pilgrimage artefacts, records and souvenirs down the centuries; pilgrim routes across three continents converging on the Holy Sanctuary; atmospheric photos of camel caravans taking pilgrims across hostile deserts; historic newsreels of Ottoman Empire pilgrimage steamers on the Red Sea, and a superb contemporary film of the Mecca rituals (which
Muslims believe originated in Abrahamic times).
|Both the Guardian and the Daily Mail have covered the planned anti-Islam rally organised by the English Defence League to take place in the Danish city of Aarhus on 31st March.|
The EDL hope to use the rally to mark the formation of a ‘European Defence League’. It will take place just weeks before the start of the trial of Anders Behring Breivik, the far-right terrorist who has confessed to the killing of 77 people in Norway last July. Breivik claimed to be a fan of the EDL counting 600 of its members among his Facebook friends.
|The Guardian today covers the report of the joint select committee on privacy and injunctions on the balance to be struck between freedom of expression and the right to privacy.|
From The Guardian:
“A cross-party committee of MPs and peers has urged the government to consider introducing legislation that would force Google to censor its search results to block material that a court has found to be in breach of someone’s privacy.