The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) has announced the launch of the second Islamophobia Awareness Month in the UK. According to the announcement:
November 17, 2013 This November sees the launch of the second Islamophobia Awareness Month, first in 2012. The month-long campaign will see activities and projects held throughout Britain to combat the continuing rising tide of Islamophobia.
Islamophobia or anti-Muslim hatred is reaching worrying heights in Britain, across Europe and globally. Racist and fascist fringe parties are gaining ground amidst economic crisis, and mainstream parties increasingly catering to populist, nativist and xenophobic electoral agendas fanned by sensationalist media scaremongering. From the niqab ban and anti-sharia legislation, to erosion of civil liberties and racist discrimination in housing and employment, Islamophobic prejudice is now prevalent in the mainstream, on display in political life, in the media and in the attitudes of the police and the courts.