Hate crimes against US Muslims down since 9/11: report

[JURIST] Hate crimes committed against Arab Americans have been steadily decreasing since the 9/11 attacks [JURIST news archive], according to a report [text, PDF] released Thursday by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee [advocacy website]. The report found that there were 120 to 130 incidents per year between 2003 and 2007. The report also concluded that the government has not engaged in systematic profiling in airport security, but noted that the American "no-fly" list contains many commonly used names which creates undue hardships for many people. Detainee abuse, delays in immigration proceedings, and provisions of the Patriot Act [text, PDF] and Real ID Act [text, PDF] were mentioned as continuing problems. The report also focused on negative treatment of Arab-Americans in schools and the mass-media.

Most hate crime incidents against Arab Americans occurred in the weeks following 9/11 [NYT report], but animosity has persisted. The Council on American-Islamic Relations [advocacy website] reported that rights-based claims by Muslims rose by 25 percent [JURIST report] in 2006, following the trend [JURIST report] from 2005. Overall hate crimes incidents in the US dropped slightly [JURIST report] in 2007.



 

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