Tue10172017

Last update01:32:30 PM GMT

Font Size

Layout

Settings
Back Activities Press Releases Press release: UK - Islamophobia infecting school classrooms - report

Press release: UK - Islamophobia infecting school classrooms - report

  • PDF
Share/Save/Bookmark
ihrc-logo-inverted-oncanvas-smaller

Muslim children victims of increased racist bullying


The alarming rise in racist and Islamophobic bullying amongst children reported by the NSPCC last week should come as a wake-up call to society to stem the rise of xenophobia,

Figures released last week by the children's charity showed a staggering 69 percent annual increase between 2012-13 in reports of 'racist'bullying. 

These include Islamophobic bullying with children calling Childline to report they are being called "terrorists" and "bombers" by classmates.

The findings support observations made by other anti-racism charities working with children such as Show Racism The Red Card (SRTRC). Charity spokesman James Kingett told the Independent: “We work with around 50,000 young people every year and issues around Islamophobia have been very prevalent over the past 12 to 18 months. That idea that all Muslims are terrorists or bombers is a particular problem. We’re getting that from kids with no Muslim classmates through to those in diverse schools with many Muslims."

The IHRC believes the figures reflect rising levels of xenophobia, particularly Islamophobia, in everyday life. The xenophobic climate created by prevailing anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim policies and discourse has seeped into classrooms.

IHRC chair Massoud Shadjareh said: "The damaging effects of the far right agenda for children is a wake-up call for teachers, parents and politicians. The sheer level of anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim feeling it is generating in society is poisoning a new generation of children and having life-shaping consequences for their victims."

Notes to Editors:

The NSPCC's Childline report is at http://www.nspcc.org.uk/news-and-views/media-centre/press-releases/2014/childline-report/childline-report_can-i-tell-you-something_wdf100354.pdf

The Independent's new report can be found at http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/racist-bullying-farright-agenda-on-immigration-being-taken-into-classrooms-9045148.html

For media enquiries please email media@ihrc.org or call 020 8904 4222 or 07958 522196[Ends]

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

IHRC is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

Islamic Human Rights Commission

PO Box 598

Wembley

HA9 7XH

United Kingdom

Telephone (+44) 20 8904 4222

Email: info@ihrc.org

Web: www.ihrc.org

Twitter @ihrc

Don't be a Silent Victim

silent-victimHave you been verbally abused, harassed, discriminated against or even violently attacked because you are Muslim? Have you been mistreated by the police or security services or a victim of anti-terror laws? Click here to report your incident to us in confidence and, if you wish, anonymously.