We have written to the Health Scretary to call on him to take steps to allieviate the hightened risk that the Coronavirus poses on BAME communities. The letter was also shared with our local MP and MSP.
Update: Since posting the letter, Public Health England (PHE) has published “COVID-19: review of disparities in risks and outcomes” which includes statistics on BAME communities. However, the analysis is mainly based on summary statistics and graphs and it completely lacks any recommedations to address the hightened risks BAME communities face. GMA would not recognise the PHE report as a substitute for the promised review and still expects the Health Secretary to provide a more detailed review that includes cross-sectional analysis as well as steps to protect our BAME communities better.
Global Minorities Alliance’s Chief Executive, Manassi Bernard expressed his concerns on the recent attacks on the state of Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Pakistan and Coptic Christians in Egypt that are routinely targeted due to their faith.
Speaking from Glasgow he added:
‘We are deeply concerned about the plight of Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Pakistan (whose motto love for all hatred for none) continues to face persecution almost every day because of their faith. He further condemned the recent raid on the Ahmadiyya publication office in Rabwah, Punjab where members of community were harassed, beaten and arrested by Pakistan’s Counter Terrorism Department (CTD)
He also demanded that, ‘Pakistan must repeal its discriminatory laws which restrict the community to profess or propagate their faith. Instead of abusing the terror laws against the peaceful section of its own population, the state must invest its commitment to the National Action Plan (NAP) to stop hate speech which hurts religious freedom in Pakistan’.
Commenting on the recent bomb attack in Coptic Christian Cathedral in Cairo, Egypt Mr Bernard expressed his solidarity to the Coptic Community in Egypt that are often targeted by Islamists extremists.
Mr Bernard said, ‘Coptic Christians have suffered decades long persecution where attacks on Churches, targeted killings of Coptic Christians and blasphemy related cases against the community have become a commonplace. We call upon President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi that this attack on innocent and vulnerable worshipers should be investigated and culprits must be brought to justice as soon as possible.’