Podcast: Islamophobia In Europe

Xenophobic and anti-Muslim arguments are no longer confined to the fringes of society and are now embraced by mainstream politicians, Europe’s leading anti-racist body warns today.

The annual report of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), an organisation which monitors the main trends in racism, discrimination, xenophobia and anti-semitism in each of the Council of Europe’s 47 member States, declares: “Legal means alone do not seem sufficient to counter this trend. More needs to be done.”

ECRI’s Chair, Nils Muiznieks, said: “ECRI’s investigations in all European countries are showing a worrying pattern of rising racism. Governments need to be aware of the threat, work to strengthen laws and institutions against discrimination and give a clear message that xenophobia can never be tolerated in modern society.”

This podcast highlights a theme noted in the ECRI report – the growing prejudice against Muslims present across the region.

Former UK government adviser Sara Khan and Umeå University historian Mohammad Fazlhashemi join Council of Europe experts to share their views on the place and role of Islam in Europe and the fight against Islamophobia. They also discuss pressing controversies within Muslim communities, how to prevent radicalisation and reclaiming the religion from conservatives through critical re-thinking.

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