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The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) welcomes today’s [13th October 2015] announcement that government will require all police forces in England and Wales to record anti-Muslim hate crimes and treat them as seriously as hate crimes against other minority groups. This is an initiative that has been called for by the MCB and other Muslim organisations across the country for many years.

Dr Shuja Shafi, the Secretary General of the MCB, said: “This is an important step to ensure that the growth in Islamophobia can be more accurately and credibly recorded, which we welcome wholeheartedly. We hope this is only the first step in treating Islamophobia seriously and ensuring all faiths are treated equally under the law.”  For any strategy to tackle Islamophobia, it is important that the category and type of hate crime is also recorded, as well as the ethnicity of the perpetrator. Furthermore, there should be steps taken to allow for an appropriate third party recording of hate crime, given the expected under-reporting due to the lack of trust in the police within some communities. click here.

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