“There have been worrying trends over the last two decades that have led to a significant upsurge of anti-Muslim acts as well as rhetoric, which have become increasingly mainstream”, says Domenica Ghidei Biidu, Bureau member of ECRI, at a seminar on preventing and combating anti-Muslim racism and discrimination organised by the Special Representative of the Council of Europe’s Secretary General on antisemitic, anti-Muslim and other forms of religious intolerance and hate crimes under the Irish Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Organisation. “The growing use of social media has also been instrumental on the increase in the prevalence of anti-Muslim hatred”, she added.
Ms Ghidei Biidu underlined that developments had shown that anti-Muslim racism and discrimination were “multi-layered” and “intersectional”. As keynote speaker, she made a presentation of ECRI’s new General Policy Recommendation No. 5 on preventing and combating anti-Muslim racism and discrimination, which aims at providing comprehensive guidance to governments on how to address anti-Muslim racism and discrimination through sixty recommendations under four specific areas: i) policies and institutional coordination, ii) prevention, iii) protection, and iv) prosecution and law enforcement.