All of Scotland's political parties adopt formal definition of Islamophobia

Written by Liam Kirkaldy on 26 April 2019 in News

The definition classifies discrimination against Muslims as a form of racism

Image credit: David Anderson

All of Scotland’s political parties have agreed to adopt a formal definition of Islamophobia in an effort to combat hate crime.

Scottish Labour MSP Anas Sarwar said the decision to support the definition, created by Westminster’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Muslims after consultation with Holyrood’s Cross-Party Group on Tackling Islamophobia, was “a landmark moment that will help tackle prejudice in Scotland”.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon yesterday outlined her willingness for the Scottish Government to adopt the definition, while the SNP, Scottish Conservatives, Scottish Labour, Scottish Liberal Democrats and Scottish Greens have all agreed to support use of the definition.

The definition classifies discrimination against Muslims as a form of racism.

It states: “Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness.”

Sarwar, who is chair of the Cross-Party Group on Tackling Islamophobia, said: “This is a landmark moment that will help tackle prejudice in Scotland.

“I’m delighted that every single political party represented in Holyrood has agreed to adopt the definition and put Scotland at the forefront of the fight against hatred.

“This is about more than just a form of words – this sends a powerful signal to those who peddle racism that Scotland will not stand for Islamophobia.

“I now urge the UK Government to adopt the definition so that we can challenge hatred and prejudice wherever it exists across the country.”

Tags

Tags

Categories

Related Articles

Scottish Parliament should be given powers to scrutinise future referendum questions, committee says
17 September 2019

The Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee said that there should be legislation for referendum questions on issues of national importance

Claim that Scottish judges are biased against Brexit sparks Tory row
12 September 2019

Downing Street had to confirm its confidence in the judiciary after a source suggested MPs “chose the Scottish courts for a reason”

Suspension of parliament 'unlawful', Court of Session rules
11 September 2019

A panel of judges in Scotland’s highest civil court found that the decision to suspend was “motivated by the improper purpose of stymying Parliament”.

The year in justice: a question of rights
9 September 2019

The challenge in justice reform has been to balance the considerations of victims and offenders

Related Sponsored Articles

Associate feature: 5 ways IoT is transforming the public sector
5 February 2018

Vodafone explores some of the ways IoT is significantly improving public sector service delivery

Share this page