Muslims around the world, particularly in Europe and Asia, are facing rising hostility and violence, amid restrictions on their right to wear religious outfits, a US report has found.
“Anti-Muslim rhetoric and actions were clearly on the rise – particularly in Europe and Asia,” said the International Religious Freedom Report cited by Agence France-Presse (AFP). “Government restrictions, which often coincided with societal animosity, resulted in anti-Muslim actions that affected everyday life for numerous believers.”
The report, released by Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday, May 20, sheds light on restrictions facing Muslims and other religious minorities around the world.
See also “CAIR welcomes State Department’s recognition of rising Islamophobia”, CAIR press release, 20 May 2013