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Call for Lawyers to Assist with Cases of Islamophobia in the UK with the IRU

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CurrentEuropeIslamophobia

Call for Lawyers to Assist with Cases of Islamophobia in the UK with the IRU

The IRU has so far received more than 750 cases – including the attempted murder of Zaynab Hussein and the continued attempt to dismiss Muslims in the workplace on the grounds of their religion.

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The IRU has so far received more than 750 cases – including the attempted murder of Zaynab Hussein and the continued attempt to dismiss Muslims in the workplace on the grounds of their religion.

The Islamophobia Response Unit is calling for lawyers in the UK to assist with the growing number of Islamophobia cases – from 2019 to 2020 alone, there were 3,089 religiously aggravated hate crimes against Muslims. This accounts for 50% of all religiously aggravated hate crime recorded by the Home Office. This shocking statistic means that the majority of hate crimes against religious identity is being directly targeted towards Muslims.

This specific and targeted attack on Muslims must be addressed, and the Islamophobia Response Unit is on the lookout for dedicated and experienced lawyers to help with the unfortunate rise in Islamophobic attacks. The IRU has so far received more than 750 cases – including the attempted murder of Zaynab Hussein and the continued attempt to dismiss Muslims in the workplace on the grounds of their religion. The cases the IRU has received vary from the severity and the victim’s background – the youngest victim of an Islamophobic hate crime the IRU received was as young as 4 years old.

The IRU is therefore looking to expand its team of volunteer lawyers to continue the work that is so essential in the UK today. Ideally, the IRU is looking for people with legal expertise in:

  • Employment
  • Clinical negligence
  • Education
  • Housing
  • Crime
  • Professional Regulation

Created in 2017, the IRU was founded by MEND in response to the rising anti-Muslim and Islamophobic attacks across Europe – including the UK – and is a platform for victims of Islamophobic abuse to both report and share their personal experiences. The IRU has four main functions: data collecting and monitoring, provision of free legal guidance, provision of basic emotional support, and referrals to partner agencies and signposting to other services.

If you are interested in offering voluntary support towards the IRU and helping combat the growing number of Islamophobic hate crimes, be sure to contact them by emailing them at [email protected], or by calling them at 020 3904 6555.

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