Select Committee on Religious Offences in England and Wales Written Evidence

Submission from the Preston Muslim Society

  We have heard that the House of Lords has set up a Select Committee to look at the issue of problems faced by faith communities at present in the United Kingdom. As a Muslim organisation we must warmly welcome your efforts and would like to say as follows:[16]

    (1)  That as Muslims we feel that we are treated as second class citizens in that we have no protection from discrimination and abuse on grounds of our religion and there is no law that makes it an offence to vilify Islam; and

    (2)  as an integral part of the British society we are entitled to be treated equally and fairly.

  We ask that measures be put in place so that we feel safe, secure and valued. In this context we would like to see, as a matter of urgency, a comprehensive law on making discrimination based on religion in all areas of life unlawful, inciting hatred on grounds of a person's religion or belief illegal and vilifying a religion an offence.

17 July 2002

16   Identical letters were received from the Abdullah Quilliam Society, the Lebanese Muslim League, Markazi Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith UK, Mayfair Islamic Centre, Muslim Enterprise Development Service and the Muslim Women's Helpline. Back

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