9 August 2018
The Muslim Council of Britain welcomes the Conservative Party decision to launch an inquiry into Boris Johnson and his incendiary remarks against Muslim women in a newspaper column in the Telegraph.
Harun Khan, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain said: “We welcome the steps the Conservative Party has taken, but the road ahead is long. While the choice of panelists are for the Party to decide, to avoid accusations of a whitewash, the group should include people who are aware of the seriousness of the issue and its effect on society.
“Any investigation looking into Mr Johnson’s incendiary comments must take into account the impact on the victims, in this case, Muslim women. Today over a hundred women who choose to wear the niqab or burka have written to the Conservative Party chair to express how threatened they feel as a result of the prejudice whipped up by Mr Johnson. We hope their voices are listened to and considered carefully as Lord Macpherson had suggested.
Harun Khan added: “This episode once again has exposed the simmering underbelly of Islamophobia that exists in sections of the Conservative Party. Nadine Dorries shockingly appeared to link domestic violence to wearing of the niqab and we have seen comments from Conservative supporters including”kick all Muslims out of our country” & accusing Theresa May of “Islamic a** licking appeasement”.
“There have been widespread calls from prominent Conservatives, activists, faith communities and others for an independent inquiry into Islamophobia into the Party. When we at the Muslim Council of Britain highlighted daily occurrences, we were not only given short shrift by the Party Chairman, Conservatives and their allies in the media chose to attack the messenger. Enough is enough. We need action from the Conservative Party. Nothing less will do.”[ENDS]
Notes to Editors:
1.The Muslim Council of Britain is the UK’s largest Muslim umbrella body with over
500 affiliated national, regional and local organisations, mosques,
charities and schools.
3. For further information please contact:
The Muslim Council of Britain
PO Box 57330
Tel: 0845 26 26 786
Fax: 0207 247 7079
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