AA / Nice / Feiza Ben Mohamed
Racist acts targeting Muslims increased by 52% during the year 2020, according to a report published Thursday by the National Consultative Commission for Human Rights (CNCDH) on issues of racism in France.
This is the institution’s 30th annual report on the fight against racism, anti-Semitism and xenophobia.
The CNCDH underlines, moreover, that “59% of the people questioned” in a survey carried out online last March, “think that Islam is a threat against the identity of France”.
A total of “72% of those questioned think that many immigrants come to France only to benefit from social protection”.
If anti-Semitism remains at a high level, it nevertheless drops by 51% in 2020 compared to 2019, while anti-Muslim acts have increased by 52%.
Regarding all racist acts, the CNCDH recorded a drop of 22% with 888 incidents in 2020.
The institution points out, moreover, the fact that “the figures of the Ministry of the Interior represent only a tiny part of the racist acts committed in France because of largely underreported offenses” and that they must be cross-referenced with those of “associative actors fighting against racism”.
The CNCDH also highlights the difficulties victims have in filing a complaint and pleads for “the increase in the use of pre-complaints online (…) on condition that they do not
substitute for dialogue with the complainants ”.
The annual report on racism figures in 2020 devotes a significant part of its work to anti-Asian racism which exploded with the health crisis linked to Covid-19.
“The context of the Covid-19 crisis has helped to highlight xenophobic reflexes, in particular the permanence of ambivalent anti-Asian racism”, writes the CNCDH.
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