Last weekend it was London Pride! It was an opportunity to celebrate with pride the lives of LGBTIQA+ people and remind us that we still have a long way to go in ensuring that people's differences of any kind are respected and celebrated instead of used as a base for discrimination. This is even truer when it comes to LGBTIQA+ migrants and refugees who not only suffer discrimination based on their sexual and gender identity but are often the target of xenophobic and racist discrimination and violence!
It is well established that refugee and asylum-seeking women are confronted with a multitude of difficulties when attempting to seek settlement in the host country. They often face the effects of poverty, dependence, and a lack of social support that not only undermines their physical health but also their mental health.
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.