Issue Brief on “UN Secretary General Warns against Islamophobia”


The recent rise in Islamophobia and its link to the rise in terrorism has been highlighted by the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres during his trip to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in February 2017, where he met high level officials. He also stated that “One of the things that fuel terrorism is the expression in some parts of the world of Islamophobic feelings and Islamophobic policies and Islamophobic hate speeches.”

Anti-immigration politicians including France´s Marine Le Pen have seen their fame rise after an influx of migrants to Europe, many of them Muslims fleeing the wars in Syria and elsewhere.US President Donald Trump issued an executive order in late January that denied entry to all refugees for 120 days. It also stopped travellers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days. Refugees from Syria were blocked for an indefinite period.

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