Tell MAMA report: Beyond the Incident – Outcomes for Victims of Anti-Muslim Prejudice

There has been a marked shift towards more serious offline incidents such as physical attacks, threatening behaviour and abuse more generally.

This is according to Tell MAMA’s annual report 2017; Beyond the Incident – Outcomes for Victims of Anti-Muslim Prejudice (pdf), which shows the highest level of recorded Islamophic incidents since its launch in 2012.

Key points include:

  • In 2017, Tell MAMA recorded 1,201 incidents that were verified as being anti-Muslim or Islamophobic in nature.
  • More than two-thirds of verified incidents occurred offline, a 30% rise in offline reports.
  • There is a 16.3% rise in online incidents compared to 2016.
  • There has been a 56% increase in anti-Muslim vandalism since 2016.
  • There has been evidence of ‘Twitter bots’ promoting direct anti-Muslim hatred, some of which originate from Russia.

General recommendations include:

  • Perpetrators are more likely to act in spaces where they feel they can act with impunity, so preventative measures should be implemented accordingly
  • The government and media outlets must consider how their choice of language influences wider public discourse.
  • Additional support and resources need to be allocated to organisations for staff training.
  • Members of the public should not underestimate their role in challenging Islamophobia and showing support for victims.

Shahid Malik, Chair of Tell MAMA said:

We must now redouble our efforts collectively to push back against the hate that threatens our values based on human rights.

Read the report in full (pdf).

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