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Amnesty International finds bias against European Muslims

24 April 2012 General 10 Comments Email This Post Email This Post
Anti-Muslim banners protesting against the establishment of a Muslim prayer room, in Catalonia, Spain

Anti-Muslim banners protesting against the establishment of a Muslim prayer room, in Catalonia, Spain

European governments must do more to challenge the negative stereotypes and prejudices against Muslims fuelling discrimination especially in education and employment, a new report by Amnesty International reveals today.

“Muslim women are being denied jobs and girls prevented from attending regular classes just because they wear traditional forms of dress, such as the headscarf. Men can be dismissed for wearing beards associated with Islam,” said Marco Perolini, Amnesty International’s expert on discrimination.

“Rather than countering these prejudices, political parties and public officials are all too often pandering to them in their quest for votes.”

The report Choice and prejudice: discrimination against Muslims in Europe, exposes the impact of discrimination on the ground of religion or belief on Muslims in several aspects of their lives, including employment and education.

It focuses on Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Spain, and Switzerland where Amnesty International has already raised issues such as restrictions on the establishment of places of worship and prohibitions on full-face veils. The report documents numerous individual cases of discrimination across the countries covered.

“Wearing religious and cultural symbols and dress is part of the right of freedom of expression. It is part of the right to freedom of religion or belief – and these rights must be enjoyed by all faiths equally.” said Marco Perolini.

“While everyone has the right to express their cultural, traditional or religious background by wearing a specific form of dress no one should be pressurized or coerced to do so.  General bans on particular forms of dress that violate the rights of those freely choosing to dress in a particular way are not the way to do this.”

The report highlights that legislation prohibiting discrimination in employment has not been appropriately implemented in Belgium, France and the Netherlands. Employers have been allowed to discriminate on the grounds that religious or cultural symbols will jar with clients or colleagues or that a clash exists with a company’s corporate image or its ‘neutrality’.

This is in direct conflict with European Union (EU) anti-discrimination legislation which allows variations of treatment in employment only if specifically required by the nature of the occupation.

“EU legislation prohibiting discrimination on the ground of religion or belief in the area of employment seems to be toothless across Europe, as we observe a higher rate of unemployment among Muslims, and especially Muslim women of foreign origin,” said Marco Perolini.

In the last decade, pupils have been forbidden to wear the headscarf or other religious and traditional dress at school in many countries including Spain, France, Belgium, Switzerland and the Netherlands.

“Any restriction on the wearing of religious and cultural symbols and dress in schools must be based on assessment of the needs in each individual case. General bans risk adversely Muslims girls’ access to education and violating their rights to freedom of expression and to manifest their beliefs.” Marco Perolini said.

The right to establish places of worship is a key component of the right to freedom of religion or belief which is being restricted in some European countries, despite state obligations to protect, respect and fulfil this right.

Since 2010, the Swiss Constitution has specifically targeted Muslims with the prohibition of the construction of minarets, embedding anti-Islam stereotypes and violating international obligations that Switzerland is bound to respect.

In Catalonia (Spain), Muslims have to pray in outdoor spaces because existing prayer rooms are too small to accommodate all the worshippers and requests to build mosques are being disputed as incompatible with the respect of Catalan traditions and culture. This goes against freedom of religion which includes the right to worship collectively in adequate places.

“There is a groundswell of opinion in many European countries that Islam is alright and Muslims are ok so long as they are not too visible. This attitude is generating human rights violations and needs to be challenged,” said Marco Perolini.

Original post: Muslims discriminated against for demonstrating their faith

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  1. Shamnesty International sheds tears for Muslim terrorists and rape gangs.

  2. More like raises concerns about every day human beings. There’s nothing in there about helping terrorists

  3. AAAAhahaha well i’ll be damned, soooo what about Christians being slaughtered and churches being burned down in MOOOOSLIM countries 24/7.?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    By god just be pleased that there is not a fkn full blown genocide against all moooslams in the west like you are doing to christians in your craphole countries… Just praise ALah that we are not like you hating and killing … killing and more killing, just be glad you stupid liberal gay ppl that you are not living in a craphole like …say Iran or any other shariaaaaa ruled country for that matter……cause youllll be hanging by your balls from a crane…..say gays …why exactly do you like muuuslims that much????? plaease god tell me i’m burning to hear! So forget the fking headscarfs and lets focus on the KILLING OF CHRISTIANS by mooslims b4 we worry about how …maybe your feeeeelings may be hurt by well… not being able to where a fking tent everywhere u go. nighty night

  4. “prohibitions on full-face veils.”

    so european culture is not allowed to lay down laws about people wearing masks in public?

    ““Wearing religious and cultural symbols and dress is part of the right of freedom of expression. It is part of the right to freedom of religion or belief – and these rights must be enjoyed by all faiths equally.” said Marco Perolini.” interesting. so muhammad destroying the pagan idols in the kaaba as an example of religious tolerance and freedom of religion?

    “requests to build mosques are being disputed as incompatible with the respect of Catalan traditions and culture. This goes against freedom of religion which includes the right to worship collectively in adequate places.” that’s too bad. looks like the catalonians are about as tolerant as the keepers of the two holiest site in islam. maybe they are looking to the example of muhammad not allowing different cultures in mecca.

  5. wonderful how people resort to arguments based on things that happened 1400 years ago to justify maltreatment today. To Messiah: Joseph Kony is enslaving children while Catholic priests are molesting them. I all those Christians should be thanking their lucky stars we don’t start hanging them by their balls right? Because the actions of someone who happens to hold a vaguely similar belief system are now the responsibility of everyone of that system. How about the KKK? They’ve murdered tons of African Americans in the name of white nationalism. If Africans start murdering whites, i suppose they’re justified, right? Even if that white man was minding his own business. Stalin and Mao killed hundreds of thousands of Christians for their beliefs. I suppose every Atheist and every Marxist should be groveling at my feet, begging for mercy, correct? No! Similarly, if some nutheads in Saudi Arabia want to outlaw churches despite their being no Koranic support for such legislation, I’m not going to hold it against a Turkish woman that immigrated to the US to get an education. Try treating people as individuals, not as branches of some perceived hivemind where every Muslim is in on every action of every other Muslim. Only then can we avoid prejudice, profiling, and hatred.

    Guess what. I’m pretty sure it isn’t Muhammad who’s trying to build a prayer center in Catalonia. It’s modern day worshipers. You want to also try and justify vandalizing a church because Jesus did it to a temple? Also, if Buddhists can demand that a Mosue be moved because it was built on Buddhist holy ground, do not Muslims have the right to remove the idols of other religions from the Kaaba because it was originally a temple to the Abrahamic God? Also, it should be noted that according to the historical records on the taking of Mecca, the destruction of the temples only occurred after almost all of the inhabitants converted to Islam, the rest remaining Jews and Christians (with Muhammad sparing Churches, Synagogues, and images of Mary and Jesus).

    The current policy of Saudi Arabia is therefore unfounded and regretful. It is based on a radical sect of Islam which most other Muslim nations avoid, and is perpetuated by the ruling monarchy (with monarchies themselves being considered un-Islamic) in order to retain power. I would therefore discourage treating all Muslims as if they were the Saudi Monarchy. even if they are from Saudi Arabia, it’s not not like they actually got to vote on the policies of their government, and likely disagree with them, hence their emigration to a western nation like the US or a country in Europe. You want to prove you’re better than the Saudi Monarchy? prove it by not using them as an excuse to deny people their civil rights.

  6. @Rocky Lore
    The real terrorists are bullsh***ers like you and your ilk, who have murdered civilians by the millions in Palestine and Bosnia, in Iraq and Afghanistan, in Libya and now Syria. No believing Muslim would EVER commit rape, unlike you racist a**holes.

  7. @Messiah

    The most hateful and murderous among people are Christians! Through the ages they’ve done their best to wipe out Jews and Muslims, not to mention each other and the slaughter goes on and on. ‘Christian’ drones are now killing civilians in Yemen and Pakistan, in Somalia and Sudan on a daily basis.

    When was the last time a Christian country was subjected to warcrimes committed by Muslims huh? Open your eyes and your mind my friend and you may spot a very different reality than the one you’ve been indoctrinated by the ‘presstitutes’ to see.

  8. Goran, you are the asshole. Islam is not a race. You defend the Muslim rape gangs in England, Sweden, and other countries. Muslims play the victim no matter what. You support the asslifters who riot over cartoons, advocate stoning rape victims, and kill their own daughters for not wanting to wear a headbag. You liberals support the Muslims who bombed the London subways, Mumbai hotel, and flew into the World Trade Center.

  9. sy,

    if ur talking to me, “wonderful how people resort to arguments based on things that happened 1400 years ago to justify maltreatment today.” you misread me totally. i’m making fun of how the abrahamics attack each other. and of course how ironic it is that muslims claim islam to be a tolerant religion. when they in fact mean to say they tolerate “people of the book” but will crush pagans and polytheist.

  10. Goran Bockman

    “The most hateful and murderous among people are Christians! Through the ages they’ve done their best to wipe out Jews and Muslims, not to mention each other and the slaughter goes on and on. ‘Christian’ drones are now killing civilians in Yemen and Pakistan, in Somalia and Sudan on a daily basis.” no doubt. aren’t christians people of the book? followers of the god of abraham?

    “When was the last time a Christian country was subjected to warcrimes committed by Muslims huh?” the armenians? maybe muslims can’t build a fighter jet? how about muslim commiting war crimes against other muslims? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17863436 lol. so why doesn’t allah send his angels as in the battle of badr?????????????? “Open your eyes and your mind my friend and you may spot a very different reality than the one you’ve been indoctrinated by the ‘presstitutes’ to see.” is that like saying allah is the best of planners? who’s indoctrinated??????? lol, so allah in his divine wisdom wants people tortured?

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