DTT: A report published by ‘European Network Against Racism’ (ENAR) highlights the rise of Islamophobic attacks throughout Europe.
With the economy going down hill in Europe Far-right Politicians have used this as an opportunity to spread hate & propaganda against Muslims and migrants.
With this in turn, ignorant folk to get their anger out have physically and verbally attacked Muslims and migrants.
Most of the attacks carried out on Muslims were against women.
A total of 47,210 racist crimes were reported across the European Union in 2013, with an anti-racism organisation warning that this is only the “tip of the iceberg”, as many crimes go unreported.
Muslim women, people of African descent/black Europeans and Roma are reported to be most at risk of racially motivated crimes.
The report, the first of its kind which examines racist crimes based on civil society research as opposed to official state reports, was carried out by the European Network Against Racism (ENAR). Just one third of EU countries have recorded and published information on racist crimes for 2013.
The report says that there has been a considerable rise in violence over the last few years, attributing the increase to the economic crisis, and the growth of far-right parties and hate speech in political discourse. ENAR believes that the figures for 2014 will show even higher rates of racist crime, due to the conflict in Gaza last summer and the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris earlier this year.
Islamophobic crimes are on the increase in France, England and Wales, the report says. Among the more shocking findings is that Muslim women are more likely to be victims of Islamophobic crimes than men, and these crimes are often physical and very violent. According to the Collective Against Islamophobia in France (CCIF), 78% of Islamophobia victims in France were women in 2013.
The report gives the example of a 21-year-old Muslim woman, who was four months pregnant when she was attacked for wearing a jilbab in the Paris suburb of Argenteuil. She later suffered a miscarriage and lost her baby, according to her lawyer. The two male attackers kicked the woman in the stomach, tried to remove her headscarf and later cut off her hair, reportedly shouting anti-Islamic taunts at her.
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