Open Letter to EHRC 15 May 2020 – EHRC decision not to probe Islamophobia in the Conservative Party is Racist and Islamophobic.
We, the undersigned, call on the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) to reverse its decision and commit to probe Conservative Party Islamophobia.
The EHRC has failed the Muslim community by deciding not to formally investigate the Conservative Party over widespread and persistent allegations of Islamophobia.
The equalities watchdog said yesterday that a probe “would not be proportionate” because the Conservative Party had committed to carrying out its own investigation.
We note the glaring discrepancy between the EHRC’s treatment of the Labour Party over allegations of anti-Semitism and its latest decision.
Last year the EHRC launched a probe into Labour after receiving allegations that anti-Semitism was rife in the party. Now it refuses to offer the same treatment when widespread and credible allegations of Islamophobia are directed towards the Conservatives.
As it is the Party of government, Islamophobia in the Conservative Party stands to affect every single one of Britain’s three million Muslims.
By leaving a Party which has effectively fanned the flames of Islamophobia in Britain to police itself, the EHRC is failing in its duty to protect Britain’s Muslims.
Behaving selectively in its treatment of minorities opens the EHRC to credible charges that it is in itself an institutionally discriminatory organisation that cannot be trusted in its remit to enforce equality and non-discrimination law in the UK.
The EHRC should be our national guardian of human rights. By deciding not to investigate Islamophobia in the Conservative Party the EHRC demonstrates that it is reneging on that responsibility; behaving in an effectively racist and Islamophobic manner towards all Muslim communities; and calls into question the integrity and probity of its entire body of work on equalities and anti-discrimination matters in the UK. Non Muslim people with protected characteristics are rightly alarmed by this discrimination in handling matters and point to Martin Luther King’s observation that: *” Injustice anywhere is a threat to Justice everywhere”*.
We urge the EHRC to reconsider its decision and to commit unequivocally to carry out the investigation into Islamophobia in the Conservative Party, that it was rightly called upon to undertake by the Muslim Council of Britain.