Islamophobia In UK: Muslim Leaders Allege Government Contributes To Anti-Muslim Sentiment

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Muslim organizations claimed that programs by the British government have contributed to Islamophobia in the U.K. at a conference by the Islamic Human Rights Commission in London on Saturday. Criticizing surveillance initiatives in the U.K., including “Prevent Violent Extremism,” often shortened to Prevent, Muslim leaders suggested that authorities have increased discrimination in the country.

In particular, leaders alleged that the government’s promotion of “British values” serves as a coded attack on Muslim communities, depicting Islam as diametrically opposed to the spirit of the nation. The conference comes as anti-Muslim sentiment in the U.K. is on the rise, with the number of anti-Muslim hate crimes having rapidly increased over the past three years.

Read the full piece published on International Business Times on 15 June 2014