AMAN brings specialist expertise in policy, research, media and law to safeguard the human rights of Australian Muslims.
Australian Muslims are a diverse peoples. But we all need security, a sense of belonging, and the space to freely express who we are.
Our vision is an Australia with a hopeful and vibrant sense of nationhood, one that owns and celebrates its cosmopolitan nature. We understand Australia’s colonial past, strong European connections and the outstanding heritage and ongoing aspirations of First Nations’ peoples. Our presence on this continent reaches back centuries. Our stories are now intrinsically woven together.
The strength of our liberal democracy is core in carrying out this vision; not only in protecting freedom of expression and encouraging quality debate, but also in upholding equality and respect amongst diverse peoples.
AMAN’s first priority
The mainstreaming of anti-Muslim prejudice, dehumanisation and Islamophobia has led to significant identity stress amongst youth in our community, who want to identify as Australian Muslim, but frequently receive the message that they do not belong. The narratives that demonise Muslims are entwined with the narratives that demonise asylum seekers and immigrants, especially people arriving from the Middle East and Africa.
This prejudice erodes security and can lead to danger, especially for sisters who wear the veil, and our places of worship. It can lead to discrimination by authorities, including law enforcement.
Our first agenda is about making it clear, through law, policy and education, that inciting hatred and violence against people, because of their religion, is not ‘free speech.’
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Acknowledgement of Country
AMAN acknowledges the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We recognise that many of the issues Muslims face from police and the legal system, from mainstream media, politics, researchers and online, were first and continue to be experienced by First Nations Peoples. We acknowledge their ongoing power, sovereignty, voice, aspirations and struggle. There will be no racial justice in Australia until there is justice for First Nations Peoples.