Hate crimes against Muslims top 320 in Belfast

Картинки по запросу Hate crimes against Muslims

There have been at least 320 hate crimes against people from a Muslim background in Belfast alone over the past five years.

That is one of the findings of detailed research into the experiences of people from the Muslim community in the city.

However, the researchers said that most hate incidents involving Muslims were not reported to the PSNI.

The Institute for Conflict Research (ICR) carried out the study, which was commissioned by Belfast City Council.

There are thought to be around 6,000 Muslims in NI – less than half a per cent of the population.

That’s according to a previous report by the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), published in 2018.

The ICR research took place during summer 2018 and a report was delivered to the council’s good relations unit in early 2019.

BBC News NI understands that a final version of the report has not yet been approved by Belfast City Council.

There have been at least 320 hate crimes against people from a Muslim background in Belfast alone over the past five years.

That is one of the findings of detailed research into the experiences of people from the Muslim community in the city.

However, the researchers said that most hate incidents involving Muslims were not reported to the PSNI.

The Institute for Conflict Research (ICR) carried out the study, which was commissioned by Belfast City Council.

There are thought to be around 6,000 Muslims in NI – less than half a per cent of the population.

That’s according to a previous report by the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), published in 2018.

The ICR research took place during summer 2018 and a report was delivered to the council’s good relations unit in early 2019.

BBC News NI understands that a final version of the report has not yet been approved by Belfast City Council.

“There was unanimity among interviewees that generous political signals were needed from the highest level to engender tolerance on the street,” the report said.

“Several interviewees referred to the documented comments about Islam and Muslims in 2014 by a pastor within Belfast and the former first minister.”

The former first minister Peter Robinson apologised in 2014 for comments he had made about Muslims in support of Belfast pastor James McConnell.

The report also sets out a number of recommendations including:

  • Belfast City Council taking the lead in monitoring and reporting online hate abuse
  • The council running programmes to build the confidence of bystanders to report hate crimes
  • More detailed hate crime figures be published by the PSNI, including figures for sub-groups and nationalities
  • The PSNI to re-run Islamic awareness courses for police officers.

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