Islamophobic attacks increased by 23.5 percent in France

French NGO reports rise in Islamophobic attacks in France by 23.5 percent since Charlie Hebdo shootings

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A non-governmental organisation based in Paris reported on Thursday that Islamophobic attacks have risen in France by 23.5 percent compared to last year following the Charlie Hebdo shootings in January.

The report, titled "Islamophobia in France six months after the January 2015 terrorist attacks" was published by the French organisation Collective Against Islamophobia in France (CCIF)

The CCIF report outlines that the reports came directly from the victims themselves, who had contacted the organisation either by phone, email or social media. The organisation claims to ensure the credibility of every case by conducting a thorough investigation with their legal team.

Physical assaults have been reported to have increased from 7 incidents to 32, degradation from 11 to 40 incidents and verbal attacks from 14 to 30 in the first half of 2015, according to the report.

More than 70 percent of the victims of Islamophobia were reported as women.

"Attacks against mosques, death threats against veiled women, school kids humiliated by their teachers, female students prohibited from wearing long skirts, religious profiling of Muslim children, propagation of hate speeches and even declarations of war on Muslims whom are portrayed as a fifth column... the consequences have been and still are dire for Muslims," said the report.

"Discrimination and violence against adults are now joined by the humiliations inflicted on numerous Muslim children that have been blamed for the terrorist attacks."

The report says that many of the victims of Islamophobia had not filed complaints, as many of them said “agents refuse to take my complaint” or “perpetrators are rarely convicted and if they are, justice is very lenient,” although the Interior Ministry of France has reportedly urged police officials to “accept complaints from victims of Islamophobia.”

The Charlie Hebdo attacks in France are believed to have sparked a wave of Islamophobia in the country, where almost five million Muslims live.

The Muslims who are predominantly of North-African origin, are being unfairly blamed for the attacks.

TRTWorld and agencies