Peter TatchellThe TELL MAMA national campaign which supports victims of anti-Muslim prejudice and which maps, measures and monitors anti-Muslim prejudice is proud to announce that Peter Tatchell, the global human rights campaigner, has joined us a patron.

Peter Tatchell has campaigned for nearly 50 years on human rights issues and has been one of the key drivers against homophobia. He has also campaigned against tyranny in Zimbabwe and in Russia, where he was brutally assaulted calling for LGBT rights.

Peter’s vision encompasses human rights for all communities. He has campaigned against extremist faith preachers who oppose equal rights for women, LGBT communities and people who do not share their perspective on faith.

Commenting on this move, Peter stated: “”I am honoured to be a patron of TELL MAMA. It does vital work monitoring, reporting and countering anti-Muslim prejudice, discrimination and hate crime – and supporting the victims. With the rise of anti-Muslim hate groups like the BNP and EDL, the work of TELL MAMA is more important than ever. While the tiny minority of Islamist extremists – and fanatics from all faiths and none – must be challenged, we also need to challenge the unjustified demonisation of the general Muslim population. Freedom of religious and non-religious beliefs are fundamental human rights that we must defend and promote. TELL MAMA does just that: it takes a stand against hate, in defence of Muslim people. My admiration and congratulations. “

Commenting on his association with TELL MAMA, the Director of TELL MAMA, Fiyaz Mughal OBE stated: “Peter has been a beacon for campaigning on human rights. He has been active for over four decades and we within TELL MAMA are clear: All forms of intolerance and bigotry need to be countered and this includes anti-Muslim prejudice, homophobia, anti-Semitism or other forms of bigotry. We are proud to have Peter associated with and involved with our work.”