Fri Oct 20 2017, 13:54:03 +03

Canada Passes Anti-Islamophobia Motion

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(Ottawa-AlummahWorld-Jumada II 26, 1438H) The Canadian Parliament approved a motion on Thursday to publicly denounce Islamophobia and develop strategies to end religious discrimination, Canadian media reported.

 

In a vote split 201-91 in favor of the non-binding motion, the Parliament agreed to “condemn Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination.” The motion, dubbed M-103, also tasks the Parliament with establishing a committee to investigate policies that could be aimed at “reducing or eliminating systemic racism and religious discrimination including Islamophobia in Canada.”

 

Nearly all of the deputies from Prime Minster Justin Trudeau’s Liberal party and the leftist New Democratic Party approved the measure, which is non-binding, while Conservative Party lawmakers voted against it. It tasks a parliamentary committee to launch a study on how the government could address the issue, with recommendations due in mid-November.

 

Iqra Khalid, a Liberal member of Parliament who is Muslim, introduced the motion in December as a response to rising anti-Muslim sentiments. It took on renewed significance in January after a mass shooting at a mosque in Quebec City left six worshippers dead.

Muslims and other communities in Canada and the US welcome the passage of anti-Islamophobia motion.

 

Islamophobia is a growing trend in United States of America and European countries such as Germany, France, United Kingdom, Australia and Denmark. Muslims Women, Men, Mosques, Islamic Centers and some businesses were target of anti-Muslim or anti-Islam hate crimes in all of these countries.

 

In February, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed serious concern by saying “Islamophobia” in parts of the world is fueling terrorism”.

 

He made the comment to reporters after talks with Saudi King Salman, Crown Prince and Interior Minister Mohammed bin Nayef, and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

 

“One of the things that fuel terrorism is the expression in some parts of the world of Islamophobic feelings and Islamophobic policies and Islamophobic hate speeches,” Guterres said at a joint news conference with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir.