Democrat Representative Ilhan Omar is urging the Biden administration and the State Department to create a special envoy that will investigate Islamophobic hate crimes.
This call, which was been echoed by over 20 other House Representatives, including the three Muslim members, is asking for a “mirrored” envoy that would be similar to the envoy that was created to investigate Anti-Semitic hate crimes, that increased drastically after conflict broke out between Israel and Palestine two months ago.
The call has been made in a letter sent to Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and requests that the administration investigates a surge of racism against Muslims that has occurred around the world.
Omar announced the letter through her Twitter account, stating that there has been an alarming rise of “anti-Muslim hate around the globe.”
She continued by stating that the letter is being led by her, the two other Muslim Representatives and Rep. Jan Schakowsky, and is calling for a special envoy to be created by the administration to investigate the rise of anti-Muslim racism around the world.
The letter, which was first obtained by CNN, calls for the Secretary of State to create a special envoy that mirrors the one created to investigate the rise of antisemitism in the US.
The letter states that now is the time for the US to “stand firmly in favor of religious freedom for all” and to give the issue of Islamophobia the “attention and prioritization that it deserves.”
This letter came in response to a White House announcement that President Joe Biden was seeking to appoint an ambassador to “monitor and combat antisemitism” after numerous reports of a drastic increase of antisemitic hate crimes hit the country during the Israel-Palestine conflict two months ago.
The group of 23 Democrats filed their request for a special envoy on the same day of the announcement.
The progressive lawmakers in Congress have urged Secretary of State Blinken to put his foot down against the constant “persecution of Muslims manifesting itself around the world,” citing a report that was released in April from the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).
Democrats wrote in the letter, addressing issues regarding “state-sponsored policies of Islamophobia” in nations such as China and Russia.
They highlighted the horrific attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2019 in the letter, claiming that this came as a result of “larger transnational white supremacist networks” gaining a foothold around the world.
The report released by the USCIRF underscored the human rights violations taking place in China, regarding the internment of the Uighur Muslim population, an issue that Ilhan Omar circled back to.
She also went onto address the “unthinkable atrocities” committed by nations and organizations such as the US, Israel, Hamas, Afghanistan, and the Taliban, however, she received criticism online for her commits, with critics accusing her of making a “moral comparison” between the groups.
She outright denied this accusation.