The House of Commons of Canada passed a motion to convene an emergency national summit on Islamophobia. The action was spurred by the horrific murder of four members of a Muslim family in a terrorist crime described by PM as an “act of evil motivated by hatred”.
Actor Riz Ahmed launched an initiative for Muslim Inclusion in Hollywood and for improving the portrayal of Muslims on screen. Ahmad noted that Muslims are poorly represented across films from the US and the UK, although they are estimated at 1.6 billion people.
Islamophobia as a means of making a profit! This is what some popular war video games are doing through exploiting Islamophobia to achieve success. A Motion video produced by Sawt Alhikma sheds light on the phenomenon of "Investing in Islamophobia" and how to address it. https://youtu.be/wPGt8Vfsj6c
The Independent newspaper reported that Muslim women in Switzerland fear they could be assaulted after the country voted, with a slim majority of 51%, in favour of banning niqab in public places, noting that many fear the increase in violations of their rights.
Barack and Michelle Obama announced a new Ramadan podcast, that aims to shed light on diverse Muslim experiences and consolidate America's relationship with Muslims. The pod will feature stories from activists, artists and athletes and introduce them to society.
"Swat Alhikma" Center of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation praises the successes achieved by the community project (COPE) funded by the European Commission, which carries the slogan "Look for similarities, not differences. Together against Islamophobia", and comes as one of the projects of the European Union program “Rights, Equality and Citizenship." The Center believes that this distinguished project, which is undertaken by a team that includes three cultural organizations from Austria, Poland and Slovakia, has been able, during the past months, to effectively contribute to raising awareness of the seriousness of Islamophobia in Europe and enhancing understanding and dialogue between ... Read More
Muslims in Sri Lanka expressed their concern over the recently announced regulations of the controversial “Prevention of Terrorism Act”, which allow the detention of anyone for two years without trial, stressing that the act was used to target Muslims and Tamils.
A British teen nicknamed ‘Hitler’ pleaded guilty to encouraging terrorism through creating an online group to target Muslims and setting up accounts on SM platforms to post racist, anti-Muslim material, which reveals how far right ideas infiltrate teen lives.
The UN showed an implicit response to OIC and Sawt Alhikma Center’s call to declare March 15 as International Day to Combat Islamophobia, after SG António Guterres joined an OIC event at the UN headquarters in NY on Wednesday, to commemorate the first anniversary of this day.