Islamophobia, xenophobia and the climate of hate

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Institute of Race Relations
Institute of Race Relations
Date of publication
1 October 2006
European race bulletin; 57
Minority Groups, Community Development and Regeneration
Social welfare
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This edition of the European race bulletin includes articles on racial violence, Islamophobia and xenophobia, and national security, anti-terrorist measures and civil rights. The edition documents around eighty of the most serious incidents of racial violence that took place across Europe in the preceding eleven months. The cases of racist violence documented in the first section suggest that a large proportion of Europe’s hate crimes are actively instigated by extreme-Right organisations and that such extremist movements are flourishing in the war on terror-induced climate of suspicion and hysteria. The case studies documented in the second section show that racist and neo-Nazi movements feed off the more populist and mainstreamed strains of Islamophobia and xenophobia, including those of political parties. Finally, in the third section, the corrosive effect of the war on terror on democratic standards, civil rights and criminal justice are examined.

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