The number of British Muslims who say they experience discrimination has nearly doubled in the past four years, according to a survey.
Eighty percent of the country’s 1.8 million Muslims say they have been discriminated against because of their faith compared to 45% in 2000 and 35% in 1999, the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) said on Thursday.
Muslim men are now just as likely as women to experience prejudice – a significant change which the IHRC blamed on an increase in the number of police and security checks carried out on Muslim men since the September 11 attacks in 2001.
White British Muslims report more discrimination than any other ethnic group, suggesting Britons are intolerant of people who convert to Islam.
“The anti-terrorism laws are profiling and targeting Muslim men,” Arzu Merali, one of the authors of the report, said. “Our case studies suggest nearly every Muslim man living in an urban area, particularly in London, has either been stopped and searched or knows someone who has.”
Eight percent of the 1200 Muslims questioned in the survey said they experienced some sort of discrimination every day.
Another 8% said it was a weekly problem, 8% described it as monthly, and 55% said they had been discriminated against “on some occasions”.
[Source: Al Jazeera]