After a hijab and face veil ban, Austria’s right wing government is set to introduce draconian measures against expressions of “political Islam.” Austria’s right-wing Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has announced a raft of new measures which would make “political Islam” a criminal offence.
Turkey’s Islamist government has taken issue with the fact that an upcoming visit by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has a religious freedom focus.
The term Islamophobia can be decoded as the racism, discrimination, hatred, prejudice, bigotry and fear against Islam and its followers, Muslims. Anti-Muslim sentiments are increasing rapidly as the leaders of the countries especially in the west are using it as a tool for their own political objectives.
A French teacher in the northern suburbs of Paris, Samuel Paty, was tragically killed on October 16, 2020 after having shown images of the Prophet Muhammad from the magazine Charlie Hebdo to his class during a lecture on freedom of speech.
‘Oppose all extremist, xenophobic ideologies,’ Pakistani premier urges Shanghai Cooperation Organization members.
Government targets Islamic organizations, mosques, even children in crackdown against so-called ‘Islamic separatism’.
Out of its 65 million citizens, France has an estimated 5.7 million Muslims. With one of the highest Muslim populations in Europe, France has also faced a high number of islamophobic cases. Burkinis, full body swimsuits commonly worn by Muslim women to the beach or pool, were banned in 26 French towns in 2016, before the law was struck down a few months later. Four years later, after the beheading of Samuel Paty, a French school-teacher, by a Russian-born Muslim student, French authorities put Muslim communities under surveillance while vigilante groups attacked mosques. It is this growing islamophobia that has driven a ‘witch-hunt’ against Islam’s followers.
Prime Minister Imran Khan Tuesday called for global coordinated efforts to combat adverse impacts of the coronavirus pandemic and to fight with its emerging second wave.