WASHINGTON — Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) voted to pass the Combating International Islamophobia Act, which will address the rise in incidents of Islamophobia worldwide.
“Today, more than 70% of American Muslims report experiencing anti-Muslim hate. This is shameful,” said Congresswoman Bustos. “Standing up for those who experience discrimination and oppression is our duty — regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or religion. I was proud to vote for the Combating International Islamophobia Act to help make fighting Islamophobia a priority in our foreign policy.”
The Combating International Islamophobia Act requires the State Department to create a Special Envoy for monitoring and combating Islamophobia, and to include state-sponsored Islamophobic violence and impunity in the Department’s annual human rights reports. The creation of the Special Envoy will help policymakers better understand the interconnected, global problem of anti-Muslim bigotry. It will also establish a comprehensive strategy for establishing U.S. leadership in combatting Islamophobia worldwide.