16 Mar 2011

More Muslim discrimination - report

10:00 pm on 16 March 2011

A race relations report says that racial discrimination of Muslims is increasing, but that generally New Zealand remains a racially tolerant country.

Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres says the 2010 Race Relations Report, released on Wednesday, shows a 25% rise in complaints of racial discrimination against Muslims in three years.

The numbers are small, though, he says - 71 complaints compared with 57 in 2008.

Overall, Mr De Bres says, New Zealand is much more tolerant of different religions than most other countries are.

He says most discrimination is to do with Muslim dress or facial hair.