Are Asian communities welcoming of special needs children and their families? If someone had asked me this question 5 years ago, I would have said a resounding “no”. It is disheartening, and yet that was my experience. I recall, it was at a Janmashtami festival midnight celebration at the Radha …Read More »
Domestic violence and sexual abuse is going unreported within Britain’s South Asian communities because of a “culture of shame”, according to new research. A study, conducted by academics Dr Karen Harrison from Hull University and Dr Aisha Gill from the University of Roehampton, found that many first generation immigrant women …Read More »
A newly established think tank is aiming to address concerns faced by British members of Dharmic faiths of the East – Hindus, Jains and Sikhs. The Dharmic Ideas and Policy Foundation (DIPF) was launched earlier this month at an event attended by Conservative MP Bob Blackman, chairperson of the All-Party …Read More »
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Prime Minister David Cameron today hailed new figures which show that employment among people from Black and Ethnic Minority (BME) backgrounds is at an all-time high. Figures published by the Office of National Statistics show there are 166,000 more people from BMW backgrounds in work compared with last year. The …Read More »
British-Pakistani BBC presenter Mishal Husain has called for a social media campaign by British Muslims to combat the threat posed by Islamic State (IS). The respected co-host of the Today programme on Radio 4 told Radio Times magazine that she would like to see more Islamic scholars lending their voice …Read More »
The Home Secretary on Monday called on young British Muslim men and women planning to travel to fight in the Middle East to consider the "destructive" impact their actions will have on their families and communities.
Theresa May said there were better ways of helping people in strife-torn countries such as Syria than putting oneself in a warzone.
"There are terrible human tragedies unfolding in places like Syria and Iraq. The British government has provided £600 million in humanitarian aid to Syria alone. The message is don't go to Syria - there are better ways to help.
"The best way people can help respond to the crisis is from the UK within the UK and within the safety of their families and communities."
Ms May was speaking at the launch of Families Against Stress and Trauma (FAST), a new initiative aimed at preventing young people from travelling to Syria and Iraq.
The UK-wide campaign has been developed by Families Matter, a community organisation which provides support to vulnerable families and individuals.
The campaign also aims to help families to come forward if they feel their sons or daughters are planning to take up arms abroad.
Several high-profile incidents have led to a national effort to prevent young people travelling to Iraq and Syria.
Last month two men from Cardiff and a man from Aberdeen featured in an online recruitment video urging western Muslims to join the fighting with the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (Isis) group.
Nasser Muthana, 20, Reyaad Khan, 20, and Abdul Raqib Amin, 26, appeared in the video and are thought to be among more than 400 Britons fighting in Syria and Iraq.
Nasser's father Ahmed, who appeared in a FAST campaign video and whose other son Aseel is also in Syria, said: "Nasser was going to be a GP. We expected a high life for him. He was the best of the best but unfortunately he chose to go with these wrong people.
"I think 'am I going to see him alive again?' Maybe we won't even see the coffin - we'll just see on the news they're dead."
The Home Office has stepped up measures to crack down on people travelling to fight in the Middle East, including including prosecuting some of those who come back as terrorists.
"I am clear, in relation to people who are going to Syria and returning as terrorists, the Government will take action", Ms May continued.
"Over 400 UK-linked individuals have now travelled to Syria since the uprising began. Anyone travelling to Syria and Iraq is exposing themselves to serious risks and the Government strongly advises against it.
FAST founder Saleha Jaffer said Muslim families were particularly concerned about the access to social media and influence of siblings on young people, although she backed prosecutions for those who become radicalised.
She said: "It is hard to properly convey the anguish of those left behind. Families matter because they are torn apart by those that choose to travel but they have the power to make a real difference.
"A lot of families are worried about social media and often children don't even tell their families they are going away - that's the biggest problem. We are asking them to look out for any small tell-tale signs.
"I think if a brother has gone then the families need to concentrate on the siblings and understand what they are thinking. They don't need to tell them off, they need to be friends.
"I don't think they are going to criminalise everyone but I think if the Government has intelligence that they are radicalised or extremists then yes I agree they should be prosecuted."Read More »
Ethnic diversity leads to greater social cohesion and tolerance between communities, a new study has found. The research, by the Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE) at the University of Manchester, aims to dispute the increasingly entrenched idea that immigration and ethnic diversity is creating disharmony among communities in Britain. …Read More »
Labour party leader Ed Milliband is to call for universal knowledge of English as a way of ending ‘segregation’ in British neighbourhoods. In a speech in South London on Friday Mr Milliband will acknowledge that successive Labour governments under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown didn’t do enough to tackle segregation …Read More »
The apparently random murder of Indian student Anuj Bidve has provoked widespread outrage with people from all walks of life taking to Social Networking sites to vent their anger at coldblooded killing. A poll on the newly set up “Justice for Anuj Bidve” Facebook page suggested a vast majority of …Read More »