By gathering 37 local scholars, experts, and civil society activists specialized in racism and human rights, the sixth edition of the European Islamophobia Report addresses a still timely and politically important issue. All 31 country reports included in this book follow a unique structure that is convenient, first, for comparing countries and, second, for selected readings on a particular topic such as politics, employment, or education with regard to Islamophobia across Europe.
The present report investigates in detail the underlying dynamics that directly or indirectly contribute to the rise of anti-Muslim racism in Europe. This extends from Islamophobic statements spread in national media to laws and policies that restrain the fundamental rights of European Muslim citizens and threaten the whole of society. As a result, the European Islamophobia Report 2020 discusses the impact of anti-Muslim racism on human rights such as freedom of association, freedom of speech, and religious freedom, and the state of law in Europe.
This sixth edition of our report highlights how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the mobilization of Islamophobia, and how states like Austria and France have implemented their anti-Muslim legislation and measures to threaten Muslim civil society. The 31 country reports demonstrate how governments and mainstream media participate in reproducing discourses that put the fundamental rights of European citizens in jeopardy and how one can counteract these developments.
This compendium of useful insights and data aims to provide European policymakers, institutions, and NGOs with recommendations on how to tackle anti-Muslim racism in Europe systematically.