Islam: Muslims integral part of Europe, EU Commissioner said

Stop restrictive laws, anti-Muslim discrimination, Muiznieks

24 July, 15:37

(ANSAMed) - STRASBOURG, JULY 24 - ''The time has come to accept Muslims as an integral part of European societies, and to guarantee them dignity and equality,'' EU Human Rights Commissioner Mils Muiznieks said on Tuesday. ''Governments must stop anti-Muslim laws and policies, and reinforce bans on religious discrimination in all sectors,'' Muiznieks said.

His statements come on response to recent surveys by institutions and NGOs showing that Muslims living in Europe want to interact with Europeans and participate fully in society, but that they are constantly marginalized by prejudice, discrimination, and violence. In some countries including Italy, restrictive anti-Muslim laws and measures are being introduced, while right-wing and populist parties use anti-Muslim rhetoric to sway voters, according to the surveys. (ANSAMed).

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