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FOURTH OIC ANNUAL REPORT ON ISLAMOPHOBIA RELEASED

The Report includes six chapters that have identified contemporary manifestations of Islamophobia warning against the continuation of heavily publicized political campaigns against Muslims in some parts of the West. The Report also signals, as a positive step towards combating the malaise of Islamophobia, the consensus reached through adoption of resolution16/18 at the 16th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva in March this year. In his foreword to the Report, the Secretary General Prof.

BELITTLING ISLAM IN THE DUTCH WILDERNESS – ONLY A POLITICIAN’S JOB

A Dutch court acquitted controversial politician Geert Wilders of defaming Muslims last week. Ending a three-year prosecution, the Freedom Party leader has now been cleared of charges of inciting hatred and discrimination. Some of Wilders’ statements on Muslims were “rude and belittling” the Amsterdam district court finds, but according to the bench they were made by a politician in the context of an on-going social debate on multicultural society.

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DISCRIMINATION AGAINST MUSLIMS AT ALL-TIME HIGH IN BELGIUM

Eighty-four percent of these cases are connected to Islam while only 2 percent concern Christianity and Judaism. The high number of cases of discrimination against Muslims is likely to bring more debates on Islamophobia back to the agenda. Eighty percent of the complaints filed with the CEOOR involve racism. About two-thirds of the cases involving Islam stem from Islamophobia, the report says. These incidents of Islamophobia are mostly characterized by propaganda being disseminated through email and pressure in the workplace.

MUSLIMS CALL FOR ACTION AGAINST HATE CRIMES

Britain's largest mainstream Muslim organisation will today call for "robust action" to combat Islamophobic attacks amid fears of growing violence and under-reporting of hate crimes. The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) will challenge the "ethnic profiling" of members of its community, claiming that minorities are 42 times more likely to be targeted under the Terrorism Act.

JEWISH AND MUSLIM LEADERS URGE EUROPEAN UNION HEADS NOT TO PANDER TO EXTREME-RIGHT

Ahead of a meeting of European religious leaders representing all major faiths in Europe, Bosnian Grand Mufti Mustafa Ceric and Brussels Chief Rabbi Albert Guigui handed the document on behalf of the 33 signatories to Commission President José Manuel Barroso, European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy. The declaration stresses that “Jews and Muslims live side-by-side in every European country and our two communities are important components of Europe's religious, cultural and social tapestry.

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ANTI-ISLAMIC DUTCH POLITICIAN SPEAKING IN CANADA FOR THE FIRST TIME: WHY?

Protesters are getting ready for Geert Wilders’ first Canadian visit as the controversial anti-Islamic Dutch politician rolls into town for a private speech to local Christian groups Monday night. The Freedom Party leader maintains that because Canada helped out Holland during the Second World War, it is only fitting to repay them by raising awareness the country is in danger of a hostile takeover and being “Islamicized.” “Freedom is the most precious thing we have,” he said Sunday at a Toronto hotel.

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WHY IS NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE HOSTING DUTCH MP ACCUSED OF BEING ANTI-ISLAM?

The federally-funded National Arts Centre was surprised to learn it was hosting a talk by a Dutch politician facing charges of inciting hatred for making anti-Islamic statements in his own country. Geert Wilders, who is taking part in a cross-Canada speaking tour hosted by the International Free Press Society and the Canada Christian College, is infamous for his descriptions of Islam as a fascist religion, his declaration that Muslim youth are violent and his calls for a ban of the Koran. Mr.

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