Tackling Islamophobia in all its manifestations and challenging the adverse effects of public policy on British Muslim citizens drives our Advocacy work.
We collaborate with research partners and civil society organisations to ensure that Islamophobia is regarded as just as socially unacceptable as racism, anti-Semitism and xenophobia.
The Council of Europe has defined Islamophobia as “The fear of or prejudiced viewpoint towards Islam, Muslims and matters pertaining to them. Whether it takes the shape of daily forms of racism and discrimination or more violent forms, Islamophobia is a violation of human rights and a threat to social cohesion.” Challenging Islamophobia, in all its manifestations, is a major area of our work.
Media coverage on Islam and Muslims has grown exponentially over recent decades and much of the volume of coverage is negative, dominated by media frames on conflict, violence and terrorism. Promoting better regulation of print and online media and encouraging a fairer, more balanced portrayal of Islam in the UK media is one of our core objectives.
Maintaining the shifting balance between security needs and fundamental civil liberties is important to avoid any encroachment on human rights in the pursuit of security. Upholding freedom of religion, among other human rights, and challenging discriminatory or disproportionate impact of counter-terrorism legislation on British Muslims is one of our priorities.