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Muslims in Britain: Action Towards Equality – Panel Debate

11 November 2002

A panel debate at the House of Commons (Committee Room No. 12), Westminster, London, SW1A 0AA.

27 November – 5.30 to 7.30 pm The situation of Muslims in Britain is one of the most pressing issues facing British society today. Issues of concern to be addressed by this debate include:

  • A rise in the number of attacks on Muslims in Britain
  • increasing threats to civil liberties in the name of security measures
  • British foreign policy and its impact on Muslims in Britain
  • discrimination in employment, education, housing and the criminal justice system
  • Islamophobia in the media

These issues place serious questions over Britain’s commitment to minority rights. Despite ministerial statements made in the wake of September 11 2001, little government action has been taken to protect British Muslims from widespread discrimination, according to a new MRG report ‘Muslims in Britain’ by Humayun Ansari. In some areas discrimination has increased, and government initiatives are urgently needed to address marginalization and exclusion, prejudice and inter-community tensions.

Muslims in Britain: Action Towards Equality aims to generate an audience led debate about these issues with a focus on practical steps to promote and protect the rights of Muslims in Britain today. A panel of experts will include:

  • Humayun Ansari – Author of the MRG report ‘Muslims in Britain’ and Director of the Centre for Ethnic Minority Studies, University of London
  • Dr. Zaki Badawi – Principal – The Muslim College, Ealing
  • Sajidah Chaudhary – Director, Slough Race Equality Council
  • Mark Lattimer (Chair) – Director of Minority Rights Group International
  • Mohammad Sarwar MP

If you wish to attend this event please contact the MRG Press Office on [email protected].