TIME TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE - GETTING A FAIR DEAL FOR BRITISH
There is currently
insufficient protection for Muslims in the UK. Unlike some minority
groups, like Sikhs and Jews, Muslims are not protected under the
Race Relations Act 1976 or the more recent Race Relations
(Amendment) Act 2000.
New legislation to implement the EU
Employment Framework Directive in the UK will mean that Muslims
will, for the first time, be protected against religious
discrimination in the sphere of employment. However, this new
legislation will not extend to other social policy areas as is the
case with existing race, sex and disability legislation.
We believe that in a multi-racial, multi-faith society such as
Britain, there should be no room for such inequality. It is
unacceptable that Muslims should enjoy less protection from
discrimination than other racial or religious groups.
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FAIR - PROTECTION AGAINST RELIGIOUS OFFENCES CAMPAIGN
You may be aware that
in January 2002, Lord Avebury introduced a Religious Offences Bill in
the House of Lords, this Bill seeks to create a new offence relating to
the incitement of religious hatred. It is apparent that existing
legislation fails to offers Muslims adequate protection from incitement
of religious hatred .
backlash against the Muslim community in the wake of 11th September,
legislation was sought to address this anomaly in the law. Although this
new legislation succeeded in affording protection against harassment,
violence and criminal damage to property motivated by religious hatred
it failed in retaining the provisions on incitement.
Muslims, as well as
other multi-ethnic religious communities in the UK are, therefore, still
not protected against the offence of incitement of religious hatred. The
second part of the Avebury Bill seeks to extend the necessary protection
from INCITEMENT OF RELIGIOUS HATRED to ALL religious groups and is
particularly important to Muslims for a number of reasons:
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