Plaid call on Welsh Government to adopt Islamophobia definition

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Plaid Cymru have called on the Welsh Government to adopt a clear definition of Islamophobia.

It follows the events last week when the UK Government rejecting a proposed working definition of Islamophobia set out in a report published by a cross-party group of MPs in December. The cross-party definition says that “Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness,”

Plaid Cymru have already adopted a definition the Runnymede definition of Islamophobia as policy which goes even further than the APG definition.

Plaid Cymru shadow social justice minister Leanne Wood AM urged the Welsh Government to join Plaid Cymru and adopt a definition of Islamophobia in the chamber today. 

Ms Wood also paid tribute to anti-Islamophobia activist Sahar al Faifi who has endured plenty of abuse for speaking out about the need for a definition of Islamophobia as well as the young Welsh people featured in the BBC programme Young Welsh and Pretty Religious.

Deputy Minister and Chief Whip Jane Hutt did not commit to adopting a definition of Islamophobia but indicated Welsh Government could in the future.

Leanne Wood AM said,

“Plaid Cymru as a party has signed up to recognising a definition of Islamophobia - will you join us and make sure the Welsh Government recognises the definition of Islamophobia?

“And will you congratulate and give an undertaking to give protection to people of colour and religion that face daily undermining or discrimination and condemn those who peddle the hateful, dog whistle politics that lead to such acts?

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