Human Rights Organizations’ Concerns on Employment of Muslims in Europe

Posted on September 27, 2012



Amnesty International, 2012

“Muslims are subject to a variety of forms of racism and intolerance, as described in several sections of this report. In particular, some factions of public opinion make no distinction between terrorists, religious extremists and the Muslim population as a whole. In some cases, it is claimed that these prejudices lead to discrimination, especially in the employment sector, as Muslims are refused posts on account of the suspicion in which they are held. Women who wear the headscarf in particular encounter difficulties in access to employment, housing and goods and services available to the public.”
European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), Fourth Report on Belgium, 26 May 2009

“The Committee notes with concern that despite the measures adopted by the State party to combat discrimination in the field of employment, such as the recent adoption of Act No.2008/496 of 27 May 2008 and the signature by several private companies of the Charter of Diversity in Companies intended as an instrument to promote diversity in the workplace, nonetheless, persons belonging to ethnic, national or religious minorities – especially those with North African or Arabic names – face serious discriminatory practices that prevent or limit their equal access to employment.”
UN Human Rights Committee (HRC), Concluding Observations on France, 31 July 2008

“The Committee is concerned about the high unemployment rates among particular groups such as migrants, women, and young people, especially those of foreign origin, in comparison to the mainstream groups in the State party, and that measures to address unemployment among these groups have apparently been inadequate.”
UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Concluding Observations on Switzerland, 26 November 2010

“While noting the measures taken with the aim of enhancing the integration of immigrant, migrant, black, Muslim and other minority women in Dutch society, the Committee continues to be concerned that those groups still face multiple forms of discrimination with respect to education, health, employment and social and political participation.”
UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, Concluding Observations on the Netherlands, 5 February 2010, para42