Are Muslims Safe in the UK? (Opinion Piece)02 Sep 2023
Its no secret that Islamophobia is alive and present in the UK with some people being so used to it being a daily occurrence that they have normalised it and constantly feel unsafe. In light of a meeting with the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, OSCE, I wished to write another article stressing how widespread Islamophobia is in the UK.
Before I start with this article, I feel it is necessary to understand what the OSCE is. With 57 participating states in Europe, Asia and North America, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe is the world’s largest regional security organization. The OSCE is an inclusive forum for dialogue on security issues and a platform for joint action to improve the lives of individuals and communities throughout the OSCE area. The OSCE’s approach to security is comprehensive and its engagement covers many relevant areas: from hard security issues such as conflict prevention and arms control, to fostering economic development, ensuring the sustainable use of natural resources, and promoting full respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. The OSCE traces its origins to the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe, which led to the signing of the Helsinki Final Act in 1975 –a ground-breaking agreement that established ten fundamental principles for governing relations between states focusing on co-operation and the peaceful settlement of disputes.
Muslims in the west are constantly under attack and people lack faith in the government. Why is there no faith between the government and its people? Statistics from the OSCE, which was provided by the police, show that there was a 64% decline in prosecution and a 90% in sentencing but a 25% increase in reporting hate crime and a 27% increase in Islamophobic hate crime being reported. These statistics show that more people were reporting hate crimes between 2020 and 2021 but the police and judicial office are not doing their jobs with tackling hate crime in general. What is the government going to do?
I spoke with representatives from the OSCE during a meeting regarding this specific topic, tackling anti-Muslim hate crime. Since the OSCE is not able to change the government directly as they are only an organization that the UK is part of. For change to happen with tackling anti-Muslim hate the government must follow the advice of the OSCE from its practical guide to tackling anti-Muslim Hate.