Ryanair CEO's comments on Muslim men uncalled for

Published: Tue 25 Feb 2020, 7:00 PM

Last updated: Tue 25 Feb 2020, 9:34 PM

The call by Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary for extra checks on Muslim men at airports is a crass act of naked Islamophobia. Instead of relying on stereotypes, he and his security officials should focus on signs of actual criminal conduct. His unfortunate statement could be characterised as invidious discrimination undermining our commitment to liberty and justice for all. Religious profiling is ineffective. Terrorists come from diverse backgrounds, and as law enforcement officials acknowledge are aware of profiles and how to avoid them. Religious and racial profiling betrays the values without any benefit to our security. Discrimination among human beings on the grounds of religion or belief constitutes an affront to human dignity and a disavowal of the principles of the Charter of the United Nations.
-Farouk Araie, Johannesburg

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