STORY: Hidden Victims of September 11
DATE SHOT: September 8, 2002
TXN DATE: September 11, 2002
LOCATION: London, UK
AUDIO: Natural sound and English speech
(London, September 8, 2002)
- Exterior Islamic Centre
- VS Human Rights Seminar in progress
- SOT (English speech) super: Massoud Shadjareh, Chairman, Islamic Human Rights Commission “We should..”
- Roomana Majid on podium
- SOT (English speech) super: Roomana Majid, Researcher, Islamic Human Rights Commission
- VS Seminar in progress
Research conducted by the Islamic Human Rights Commission says that the surge in anti-Muslim activity following September 11 should be met with anti-discrimination legislation in the UK to protect the Muslim community.
The Islamic Human Rights Commission wanted to examine the experiences of what they call the ‘hidden victims’ of the attacks on the World Trade Centre a year ago.
The backlash against the Muslim community ranged from verbal and physical abuse to harassment. The IHRC says their evidence needs to be taken seriously.
SOT (English speech) super: Massoud Shadjareh, Chairman, Islamic Human Rights Commission “We should identify how deep-rooted this problem is and then find solution together, collectively, also we need to look at Islam as it is, rather than in the eyes of a few, and we need to sort of recognise that Islam has got a lot to contribute to the society and that contribution is positive and it should be welcomed by all of us.”
As well as calling for the UK anti-discrimination legislation to be extended to Muslims, the Islamic Human Rights Commission says that society has to be vigilant about discrimination and deal with it when it happens.
SOT (English speech) super: Roomana Majid, Researcher, Islamic Human Rights Commission “Engage with the Muslim community, we’re here, we’re interested, we want people, you know, to engage with us that’s quite important first of all, and to see us really as just human beings because that is what we are ultimately, we’re all human beings.”
The Commission says that to protect the ‘hidden victims’ of September 11, the UK’s communities should unite under the principles of justice for all.