The IARS International Institute vehemently condemns yesterday’s Finsbury Park terrorist attack on innocent people, an attack to the core democratic and diversity principles of our society. Our hearts and solidarity go out to the friends and families of those affected as well as to the whole Muslim community.
This was a heartless attack on Muslim communities who have now for long been targeted by islamophobia and violent hate crimes as a result of being unfairly scapegoated and associated with terrorism.
Today, on the 20th of June 2017 marks this years’ World Refugee Day, and the IARS would like to invite you to celebrate the resilience and courage of refugees during this week. The refugee week is about recognising refugees’ contribution to our communities and within the UK as a whole. Here at IARS we are committed to empowering refugees through making their voices heard and raising awareness for the protection and safe guarding of their rights.
Last Monday I had the opportunity to attend to an event on “Hate Crime: Cause & Effect”, organized by the Equality and Diversity Forum & the University of Sussex, School of Law, Politics & Sociology. The event was very interesting and very timely, especially given the peaks of hate crime following the two recent attacks in London.
I suspect everyone in the UK has been touched by the tragic fire at Grenville Tower in London and my heart goes out to the people who have lost loved ones in this incident. Amidst the stories of the heroism of the London Fire Brigade and of those local residents that rallied round or rescued people my heart was lifted by the article on the BBC and in some of the London papers today about the the young people who have formed together to support the relief efforts and to give their time to support people who are suffering.