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This supplementary submission is presented by MEND (Muslim Engagement and Development) in response to evidence given to the committee by Mr Fiyaz Mughal on Tuesday 13 December.

During the session, Mr Mughal abused parliamentary privilege to make a number of libellous allegations against MEND. We take this opportunity to set the record straight and to respond to claims made against MEND to the committee.

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The European Muslim population grew from 4% in 1990 to 6% in 2010 and is expected to rise by 2030 when Muslims are projected to make up 8% of Europe’s population, according to population projections by the Pew Research Center. European Muslim communities are younger in profile, similar to the British Muslim population. In 2010, the median age of Muslims throughout Europe was 32, while the median for all Europeans was 40.

Challenges facing British Muslim communities do not stop at our border; Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hatred are transnational phenomena which require cross-border co-operation and strategies. Anti-Muslim discrimination and racism in the workplace is a huge problem in the UK where British Muslims face the highest rates of employment discrimination. The EU first introduced legislation to combat discrimination in employment on grounds of religion and it continues to monitor and challenge Member States’ progress on tackling racism and discrimination in employment, housing, education and goods and services. No policy on countering terrorism can succeed without multilateral co-operation of the type afforded by the EU.

This referendum is about facing up to the realities of our contemporary political and social challenges and the effectiveness of supranational institutions in creating and implementing the policy responses we need to tackle the global issues we face.

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The election of the Mayor of London and 25 members of the Greater London
Assembly on Thursday 5 May presents a renewed opportunity for Londoners of
all backgrounds to engage with the governing institution for the capital and the
elected representatives who hold the Mayor to account.

London is home to almost 40% of the UK’s Muslim population making the 2016
election of the Mayor and Assembly Members of acute importance to Muslim
residents in the capital. Housing, health, education, employment, crime and security
and the cost of living in the capital, these are all issues that affect London’s diverse
communities and Muslim communities in particular given their concentration in the
capital.

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By enhancing Muslim engagement in the PCC elections and raising awareness and expectations about policy issues that impact on British Muslims, we hope perceptions of and confidence in the police will improve further still and, in turn, have an impact on increasing diversity in the police.

This manifesto has been developed to encourage British Muslim participation in the PCC election. We have produced this election briefing guide to provide Muslims with useful background information on our key campaign issues: tackling Islamophobia, community policing and crime and security.

This manifesto is presented to elicit support and encouragement from candidates seeking election for the policy asks presented here.

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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.

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In July this year, new life was breathed into the old iENGAGE system. MEND was born with an even sharper focus, better message delivery, true grass roots presence and a considerably more powerful social media operation. The story of the last 6 months could take days to tell, however the highlights below will give you a real flavour of MEND this year.

 

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There has been a stark growth in UK public interest on religious slaughter and food labelling, driven to some extent by pervasive and often prejudicial media coverage of halal slaughter methods and political campaigns, by far right parties principally, on the welfare of animals – that is how animals are kept, treated and methods by which they are slaughtered. This In Focus looks at the policies on religious slaughter across Europe and Commission guidelines.

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The European Union Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) has undertaken extensive research into the situation of Muslims in the European Union (EU) including the experience of anti-Muslim hate crimes under its remit for investigating the exercise of fundamental rights in the EU and rights awareness among EU citizens. The FRA has on numerous occasions advocated for improved policies on tackling hate crimes through better complaints mechanisms and more detailed data collection by Member States.

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We welcomed manifesto commitments by the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties that “security measures must be proportional and consistent with liberal democratic values and the rule of law”, and that “the best way to combat terrorism is to prosecute terrorists, not give away hard-won British freedoms,” respectively. Our submission to the review of counter-terrorism and security powers presents our responses to the six strands forming the scope of the review.

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