Islamophobia is “still a problem” within the ruling United Kingdom Conservative Party despite claims that it has “total disapproval” of discrimination, according to an independent report.
Study Number 2PDF) Professor Swaran Singh, who served as Commissioner to the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission, noted that the deepest discrimination in the party is related to anti-Muslim discrimination.
The party received 727 discriminatory reports from early 2015 to the end of 2020, two-thirds of what is called Islamophobia.
The inquiry was led by the party, led by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in response to criticism of their support in the election process.
“Given the magnitude of the grievances and religious findings related to non-Muslim rhetoric, anti-Muslim sentiment remains a problem within the party,” Singh wrote in his 51-page report.
“This is detrimental to the party, and makes many people indifferent.”
Singh said the Conservatives had not been actively involved in tackling discrimination, adding that his grievances needed to be addressed.
The tactics for the party of the violators are unknown, he said.
However, he also said that “there is no evidence” that the complaints of Islamophobia are treated differently from other forms of discrimination.
The Conservative Party said it was considering the report’s findings.
The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), the largest Muslim body in the UK, says that although Singh’s report “recognizes that Islamophobia is a serious problem” for the Conservatives, it has failed to identify “the causes of discrimination”.
Zara Mohammed, secretary general of the MCB, said: “This research has a strong impact on shape. Policy is important, but it needs to be strengthened in the face of deep-seated racist issues.”
“We hope this is the beginning of what the party will show.”
Former Conservative Minister Sajid Javid condemned “tragic examples of anti-Muslim sentiments” in the report and urged his party to “follow” his views.
Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, a Conservative member of the House of Representatives, said the report showed how the party “did not and did not want to tackle the problem of discrimination”.
Marsha de Cordova, the minister for equality, described the study as “a case of discrimination against the Conservative Party”.
“It’s up to the Prime Minister,” he said, urging Johnson to apologize publicly and appropriately for acknowledging the suffering he has inflicted on Muslims.
PM Johnson objected
Singh also cited the comments of prominent party members – including Johnson and Zac Goldsmith, a former MP and London mayor’s representative – as difficult.
Johnson wrote that a newspaper in 2018 as they refer to women wearing burqas (a full-length veil that also covers the face) as “this movement looks like mailboxes” and compares their appearance with “bank robbers”.
Johnson, who was a member of the backbench MP when the newspaper was published, defended the case as a protection in favor of Muslim women’s rights in the choice of clothing.
Johnson was asked about Singh’s investigation and apologized accordingly for his earlier remarks about Islam.
“I know that frustration stems from what I have said, that people expect my roommate to make things right, but in the media you have to use language freely. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused, “the report quoted Johnson as saying.
“Can I use the wrong language I have already written? Now that I am the Prime Minister, I would not. ”
In response, Singh wrote in his report: “While this may be considered a precedent, this study seeks to emphasize that the use of appropriate language should not only be important for the elderly, but should be expected throughout the Conservative Party.”
Meanwhile, the 2016 mayoral election, which failed to win, split the Goldsmiths and found them accusing fellow Sadiq Khan, a Muslim, of giving him a “cover for dangerous people”.
He further added that Khan “tried to answer questions about his links [to extremists] by shamelessly accusing anyone who has brought them up as Muslims “.
Both incidents involving Johnson and Goldsmith “give the impression to many that the party and its leaders are not interested in Muslims”, Singh said.
Singh offered several suggestions.
Within six weeks, the party must have a plan of action to address the shortcomings of the report, and by November, it will have published a grievance plan.
Singh also asked to be trained on complaints from one member of each party.