Riot report a ‘missed opportunity’

The inquiry report into the causes of the Bradford riots failed to address the problems or concerns of the city’s Muslim communities, it is claimed.

Humera Khan, a government adviser on Muslim Affairs, says the investigation into riots in Bradford – which happened exactly a year ago – was a missed opportunity to look into Islamophobia. She told the BBC there should have been stronger recommendations in the final report urging national debate on Islamophobia.

Ms Khan also believes Muslims are discriminated against and cannot access services or money to set up projects. She says this was one of the main reasons the riots took place.

BBC News, 7 July 2002