Press Release: GLMCC calls for formal EHRC investigation following unsatisfactory conclusions in The Singh Investigation reportAssima Alam
An independent report has concluded that anti-Muslim sentiment “remains a problem” within the Conservative Party. Though the report found that there had been 727 incidents of alleged discrimination, with 68% of these relating to Islam, it still failed to conclude that the party were tacitly enabling institutionalised Islamophobia through the many clear examples that are presented in the report.
Former Tory cabinet minister Baroness Sayeeda Warsi said, “each section reveals a deep and embedded issue of a party at best unable and at worst unwilling to deal with the issue of racism.” She commented further, “The findings of the report do not support its conclusion that the party does not have an ‘institutional issue.’”
Green Lane Masjid & Community Centre (GLMCC) welcomes the comments by the Conservative party to start making tangible changes within the Party. However, we agree with the call by Baroness Warsi, the Muslim Council of Britain and others for the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) to now undertake a formal investigation into accounts of Islamophobia in the Party.
Further, the failure by the Conservative Party to accept a definition for Islamophobia, as proposed by an All Party Parliamentary Group in 2019 and adopted by other political parties, points to a deeper issue, one in which anti-Muslim hostilities are not allowed to be proactively identified and addressed.
Racism at all levels robs people of equality. If such racism exists in the corridors of power within our country, then as a leading UK mosque, we have a duty to our community to do all we can to ensure their rights and safety.
It is our responsibility to campaign against all forms of racism and inequality so that the current and future institutional systems being implemented by our government do not unfairly discriminate against or harm our children.
Green Lane Masjid
Green Lane Masjid and Community Centre is a leading UK mosque situated in the heart of Birmingham serving the community since 1979. Operating from its award-winning grade II listed Victorian building, GLMCC fulfils its mission of inspiring, educating and serving through its educational college, outreach work, welfare services, international humanitarian wing, as well as its fully functional mosque which is attended by thousands every week.