New research published by Charles Sturt University documents examples of Islamophobia experienced by Australia’s Muslim community.
The research shows a worrying trend with perpetrators becoming more brazen. Harassment in public areas guarded by security officers and CCTV has jumped 30 per cent.
There has also been an increase in severe attacks requiring hospitalisation, which jumped from 2 per cent to 5 per cent.
The findings of this report reflect the early analysis of surveys of Australia’s Muslim Community, conducted by the Australian Human Rights Commission. The surveys are ongoing and will report back early next year.
Race Discrimination Commissioner Chin Tan said, “Islamophobic abuse is unacceptable and no person should suffer hatred because of their race, religion or culture.
“Australian society has a responsibility to ensure the safety of its Muslim communities, and we must be united in condemning Islamophobia and all forms of racial hatred,” Mr Tan said.
Mr Tan will be speaking on November 21 at Charles Sturt University’s Centre for Islamic Studies to help launch the report.