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Police not taking anti-Muslim hate crimes seriously enough, claims Norway organization. Norwegian Centre Against Racism adviser Shoaib Sultan speaks out about a lack of action by the Norwegian police in tackling offences against minorities. His statement comes in reaction to the number of harassment and threat incidents that have been directed at Muslim mosques the past week. A pig’s head was thrown at the Central Jamaat-e-Ahl-e Sunnat mosque in Oslo’s Grønland district, early Friday morning.

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Police not taking anti-Muslim hate crimes seriously enough, claims Norway organization

Published on Thursday, 26th September, 2013 at 13:25 under the news category, by Linn Schjerven and Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 26th September 2013 at 13:39.

Norwegian Centre Against Racism adviser Shoaib Sultan speaks out about a lack of action by the Norwegian police in tackling offences against minorities.

World Islamic Mission Mosque, Oslo
A threatening email was sent to this mosque last week.World Islamic Mission Mosque, Oslo
Photo: Chell Hill/Wikimedia Commons


His statement comes in reaction to the number of harassment and threat incidents that have been directed at Muslim mosques the past week.

A pig’s head was thrown at the Central Jamaat-e-Ahl-e Sunnat mosque in Oslo’s Grønland district, early Friday morning.

The slogan on it “always a Wiener for a Muslim” is derived from an advertising campaign at Norwegian service stations.         

Signs displaying that it is always possible to buy this constantly available item for NOK 10 are placed in the forecourt.

Last Wednesday, a threatening email was sent to the World Islamic Mission mosque in Oslo.

The sender claimed to belong to a group of people having spent the last seven years planning for all mosques in Norway to be burned to the ground by the end of 2013.

Shoaib Sultan told Christian newspaper Vårt Land that he suspects that “these types of incidents are just classified as vandalism, which is of course illegal, but perceived as far more innocent.”

”I now believe that the police must take a more active approach. Such indicents contribute to cases help to creating fear among a minority group,” he added.

A recent report from Oslo police showed foreigners in the Norwegian capital were subjected to the most hate crimes.

Officers considered 22 of the some 47 cases to be regarding ethnicity. 15 were to do with sexual orientation, six cases concerned religion.

Other categories are also included in the report. Police shelved 30 of the reported incidents in total. This partly due to lack of evidence or they were committed by an unknown individual.

“We certainly understand we must tighten up on this a bit and have done so via this report, in part,” said Sveinung Sponheim, Assistant Chief of Police for the Oslo District.

“Hate crimes have been on our agenda for a long time. But these are complicated cases. We can’t always solve them,” he explained, saying that sometimes this was due no particular perpetrator and the question of motive. “At the same time, it’s important people report these and not just give up. We want them to report these,” he explained.

The Centre Against Racism has taken this step regarding last week’s three incidents.




Published on Thursday, 26th September, 2013 at 13:25 under the news category, by Linn Schjerven and Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 26th September 2013 at 13:39.

This post has the following tags: norwaymuslims, hatecrimes, racismnorway.





  
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