The Labour party has officially adopted the All Party Parliament Group for British Muslims’ (APPG) definition of Islamophobia, stating that it was important to tackle the rise of the far-right.
A party spokesperson said yesterday that its national executive committee had formally adopted the working definition produced by the APPG “to help tackle Islamophobia, build a common understanding of its causes and consequences, and express solidarity with Muslim communities”.
The definition states: “Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness.”
The definition was created by the APPG to form a mutual understanding of the causes and manifestations of Islamophobia.
It was agreed upon over a six-month consultation period with Muslim organisations, academics, activists, elected officials and lawyers.
At least 50 MPs, 80 academics and 750 British Muslim groups have adopted the definition
The Liberal Democrats have also adopted the APPG’s definition.