The Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) has called on the UK’s Education Secretary to retract his condemnation of the protests in Batley; West Yorkshire, centered on a schoolteacher who showed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in class. According to an IHRC press release:
March 26, 2021 IHRC is deeply concerned at the statements by Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State for Education, that effectively accuses concerned parents of violence against the school and making threats. Neither of these claims seems substantiated by video footage* of the parent protest outside the school. These claims firstly distract from the core issue – what appears to be a deliberate racist and humiliating provocation by a teacher against Muslim pupils. Secondly they demonise Muslim parents, students and the community in general. There needs to an immediate retraction of these statements by the DfE and a strong commitment to the right to basic respect and dignity that Muslims and all citizens should have respected by this government.
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The Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) is a UK-based NGO founded in 1997. Since 2007, it has had Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations. Its website says it works with different organizations from Muslim and non-Muslim backgrounds “to campaign for justice for all peoples regardless of their racial, confessional, or political background.” The IHRC is considered supportive of the Iranian regime, and for many years has been central to organizing the annual International Quds Day, initiated by the Iranian revolutionary regime.
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Previous reporting by the Global Information Operations Report (GIOR) on the IHRC has included:
- A December 2020 report on the IHRC’s annual Islamophobia Conference, which compared a French proposal to what Hitler did to the Jews in Germany.
- A December 2020 report on an IHRC webinar held in early November 2020 on the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel, describing Israel’s regime in terms of settler colonialism and apartheid.
- An October 2020 report on a book launch in Tehran, which was published by the IHRC, and analyzes the work of three leading American think-tanks, accusing them of helping to frame U.S. policies against the Islamic world and Islamic resistance [muqawamah] movements.
- An October 2020 report on a webinar the IHRC held on the ‘One state solution’ for the Palestine/Israeli conflict with British and Israeli speakers.