Ropstad will consider an action plan against Islamophobia

Kjell Ingolf RopstadMinister of Children and Families Kjell Ingolf Ropstad (Christian Democratic Party).Photo: Carina Johansen / NTB Scanpix

The Children and Family Minister Kjell Ingolf Ropstad (KrF) is open to consider an action plan against Islamophobia in the wake of Saturday’s mosque shooting.

That is what his State Secretary Julian Farner-Calvert tells Vårt Land.

Such an action plan has, among other things, been called for by the Islamic Council of Norway (IRN) which states in a press release that after the Christchurch terror attack they have been in contact with political authorities in Norway, to take action and “not just talk” when comes to Islamophobia.

“We trust that the police are safeguarding the safety of Norwegian citizens, and that the government is initiating measures against hate speech against Muslims who have had an impact on Norwegian society in recent years,” IRN chairman Abdirahman Diriye said in the press release.

He believes the existing plan of action against racism and discrimination is good, but not good enough when it comes to protecting a minority such as Muslims.

“We can compare this with an action plan against anti-Semitism, which has worked well,” he tells Vårt Land.

To the newspaper, the Minister of Culture and Equality Trine Skei Grande (V) confirms that her ministry is working on an action plan against racism and discrimination, as well as having started working on opportunities for a possible action plan against Islamophobia.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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