Turkey to form subcommittee on Islamophobia in Europe, conduct inspections

Turkey’s parliament will form a subcommittee to examine cases of Islamophobia in European countries, the state-run Anadolu news agency said on Thursday.

"Racism in Europe is culturally transforming into Islamophobia, which expresses the fear and hatred of Islam and Muslims," said Hakan Çavuşoğlu, the head of parliament’s human rights commission, according to Anadolu.  

Turkey's Parliamentary Human Rights Commission discussed and approved a proposal for the establishment of the Rising Racism and Islamophobia Investigation Sub-Committee in European Countries on Wednesday.

The committee will hold talks with international institutions and organisations on Islamophobia, Anadolu said.

The Council of Europe, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the European Union have not set out a clear stance on anti-Islamism, Çavuşoğlu said.

“European countries have difficulty seeing Islamophobia as a form of discrimination,” he said.