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AFP
March 10, 2020

British anti-racism advocate accused of Islamophobia

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AFP
March 10, 2020

LONDON: Britain’s opposition Labour party has suspended an anti-racism campaigner over accusations of Islamophobia, the activist revealed on Monday. Trevor Phillips, who has headed several high-profile public bodies including the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said he had been suspended after he suggested Muslims were “different”. The former broadcaster told BBC radio: “They say I’ve accused Muslims of being different. Well, actually, that’s true. The point is Muslims are different and in many ways, I think that’s admirable. “We cannot continue to simply say differences don’t matter, it’s a form of disrespect. The Times newspaper reported that Phillips, 66, was being investigated by Labour over comments about sexually abusing children in northern English towns, which has become a tinderbox issue in British politics. He is also under investigation for remarks concerning the failure of some Muslims to wear poppies during Remembrance Sunday, an annual event to commemorate the UK’s war dead. Racism claims have rocked Labour in recent years, including in the run-up to last December’s general election when it was routinely accused of anti-Semitism.