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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S5O-04276
Asked by: Anas Sarwar, Glasgow, Scottish Labour
Date lodged: 11 March 2020

Question

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the findings of the recent inquiry by the Cross Party Group on Tackling Islamophobia, which reported that only one in five victims of anti-Muslim hate crime report it to the police.

Current status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 18 March 2020


Answer

There’s no place in Scotland for hate crime or prejudice, including Islamophobia. I welcome the findings of the inquiry and remain committed to continue to engage with the CPG as they take forward this important work. We recognise that the under reporting of hate crime remains a significant issue and more needs to be done to tackle Islamophobia in Scotland. Our Tackling Prejudice and Building Connected Communities Action Group has prioritised raising awareness of hate crime and encouraging reporting. We also recently consulted on the UK’s All Party Parliamentary Group’s definition of Islamophobia to support our work in this area.