Statement on events in Leicester and good relations
A statement by the Co-Chairs and Moderators of the Faith Communities Forum of the Inter Faith Network for the UK
We note with concern the disturbances in Leicester this weekend. Police have been responding to incidents and faith leaders, the Leicester Council of Faiths, the local authority and others have been working alongside them to tackle tensions, address misunderstandings and misinformation, and to restore and strengthen the good relations for which the City is more widely known.
Nationality has been a focus of some of the disturbances, as it was of disturbances earlier this month after an India Pakistan cricket match. However, media coverage reflects the fact that there are dimensions of the present and prior disturbances and tensions in Leicester which are - or have become - linked by some to Hindu and Muslim communities and that there are related concerns about safety on the streets of individuals of those faiths and of their places of worship. Although the situation primarily affects Leicester, there has been some evidence, for example in the pattern of arrests, of participation of individuals from other areas and concern about potentially wider impacts.
We affirm the vital efforts of all those working in Leicester and in other areas of the UK to tackle tensions where these arise, and to develop greater understanding and stronger inter faith and inter community relations and we call for the necessary resources to be made available to support this work.
A statement by the Co-Chairs and Moderators of the Faith Communities Forum
of the Inter Faith Network for the UK
18 September 2022
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- The current Moderators of the IFN Faith Communities Forum are: Co-Moderators: The Revd Canon Hilary Barber (Christian); and Malcolm Deboo (Zoroastrian); and Vice-Moderators: Minister David Bruton (Spiritualist); Mr Mohinder Singh Chana (Sikh); Mr Hassan Joudi (Muslim); Mr Neil Pitchford (Pagan); Venerable Bogoda Seelawimala (Buddhist); Mr Vinay Shah (Jain); Mrs Vinaya Sharma (Hindu); and Rabbi Mordechai Wollenberg (Jewish).