PRESS RELEASE – UK: Islamophobia Conference – 10 December 2016


Date: Saturday, 10 December from 2pm – 6.30pm

Venue: P21 Gallery, 21 Chalton Street, London NW1 1JD

For the third consecutive year Islamic Human Rights Commission in collaboration with Scotland Against Criminalising Communities will be holding a conference focused on tackling Islamophobia. The event is set to take place on Saturday, 10 December 2016 and will feature two esteemed panels of speakers from varying backgrounds and disciplines.

This year’s conference will pay attention to the ways education, the legal system and the PREVENT/counter-terrorism regime coalesce to create an environment of hate that facilitates the operation of a de facto Police State.

In the current climate where hate crime against Muslims is so rapidly on the rise, the conference is a pertinent chance to examine the way these systems help to create and perpetuate such an environment. The IHRC report released in 2015 ‘Environment of Hate: The New Normal for Muslims in the UK’ received much acclaim for its examination of the tragic situation currently facing Muslims. Whilst the primary targets and victims of hateful discourse, discrimination and state and street violence are Muslims, everyone lives in this Environment and this State, many minoritised communities now feel a resurgence of hatred and everyone is impacted negatively.

Speakers who are attending will be making presentations that are both individual and relevant to the topic before taking questions from the floor.

Notes to Editors:

Date: Saturday, 10 December from 2pm – 6.30pm

Venue: P21 Gallery, 21 Chalton Street, London NW1 1JD


  • Professor Gus John – fellow of the London Centre for Leadership in Learning at the Institute of Education, University of London
  • Nisha Kapoor – Lecturer in Sociology, University of York
  • David Miller – Professor of Sociology, University of Bath
  • Arzu Merali – Head of Research, Islamic Human Rights Commission
  • Rob Ferguson – Newham NUT Officer and Stand Up to Racism campaigner
  • Ramon Grosfoguel – Associate Professor of Chicano/Latino Studies at UC Berkeley
  • Houria Bouteldja – Spokesperson for the Parti des Indigènes de la République
  • Les Levidow – CAMPACC

Supporting Organisations:

  • Lewisham Islamic Centre
  • Intifada Street
  • SACC
  • Bandung2 Movement
  • Malcolm X Movement

For more information, or to attend please contact the Press Office and speak to Nadia on +44 20 8904 4222 or email

If you want to bring a fixed camera please let the Press Office know in advance. Video, audio and photographs will be available after the event.



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

Islamic Human Rights Commission
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