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Sheku Bayoh died in police custody in Scotland three years ago

Smina Akhtar: Sheku Bayoh investigation was not fit for purpose

WHEN the Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf, announced that there would be a full public inquiry into the death of Sheku Bayoh he said ‘‘it must address the question of whether or not Mr Bayoh’s race played a part in how the incident was approached and dealt with by the police’’.

Muslims around the world very affected in a very personal way by the horrific Christchurch massacre, marching in countries like Germany (above) against Islamophobia in the aftermath

COMMENT We must do more to make Scotland's education system anti-racist

IT’S been three weeks since the horrific massacre of 50 Muslims in two Christchurch mosques, which affected Muslims around the world in a very personal way. That memory and those feelings of pain can never be erased. Muslims around the world, including those in New Zealand, weren’t surprised that they were targeted. The Islamic Women’s Council of New Zealand produced a report back in 2015 appealing to the government and police to address anti-Muslim racism because they were concerned at the increased levels of hate crime and rise of the far-right as well as racism in accessing jobs, but nothing was done to address their fears.