Contact: Mohammed Shafiq
Embargo: Immediate Friday 24th August 2012 12:00
BREIVIK AND RIGHTWING EXTREMISM
Friday 24th August 2012 12:00
Shafiq, Chief Executive of the Ramadhan Foundation comments:
“The verdict this
morning in the Anders Breivik terrorism trial has been a long time
coming. He was responsible for killing 77 innocent victims and
injuring hundreds others and was only given twenty one years, he
should never be released. There are those who think that we should
believe in reform and forgiveness, you cannot forgive someone who
showed no remorse or compassion to the families of his victims.
thoughts are with the victims and their families on this sad day and
also to the Norwegian people for their steadfast commitment to
multiculturalism, human rights and equality. This proud nation has
shown the way to defeat terrorism and extremism is to hold fast onto
your values and not be rushed into introducing emergency laws.
commitment to fascism and right-wing extremism is what should worry
Europe and the world, last week we saw a Czech man arrested who
wanted to copy Breivik, a Neo Nazi in Wisconsin who killed Sikhs and
here in the UK seventeen people with right wing sympathies have been
jailed for terrorist related activity. The threat from right wing
extremism is real, present and a danger to all decent, law abiding
citizens and we must not be complacent.
Foundation provided written advice to over 1500 Mosques last year in
light of the Oslo killings and we urge Mosques across Europe to
continue to be vigilant and report any attacks to the local Police.
All countries have a responsibility not to create an environment
where bigotry towards Muslims becomes the norm and where we can live
our lives in peaceful coexistence with our fellow citizens.
We can only
defeat this evil menace by uniting together in peace and for
immediate media interview requests please ring 07989 764624 (Media
Foundation is a leading Muslim organisation in the UK that is
working for peaceful co-existence and dialogue for all
Foundation has issued advice and guidance to over 1500 Mosques
and Islamic Centres in the UK alerting them to the increased
threat from right wing extremism in July 2011.
Greater Manchester and working to also establish the platform
for human unity amongst our communities in the UK
Shafiq is 33, Chief Executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, a
regular contributor on TV, Radio, Online and also newspaper