FEMYSO Statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women 

Today, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, we at FEMYSO, a majority female-led pan-European Muslim youth organisation, commemorate victims and survivors of all forms of violence against women and girls, and recognise the voices of all courageous women and girls who tirelessly continue to fight for human rights.

Violence against women is a human rights violation and must be eliminated in all its forms. Indeed, it is “one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today [and] remains largely unreported due to the impunity, silence, stigma and shame surrounding it” (UN Women). 

Within a context of the devastating COVID-19 pandemic, the eyes of many have opened more to the reality of gendered violence. According to the UN, even before the pandemic hit us, 243 million women and girls were abused by their intimate partners in the 12 months prior to the pandemic – globally. This violence only intensified, and instances only increased during the pandemic, as a result of sheltering at home from the global pandemic and of the limitation of support services. Furthermore, intersectional forms of discrimination, such as gendered Islamophobia, remained further under-reported and not spotted.

This devastating reality gives us at FEMYSO a deeper motivation to continue to develop and deliver human rights education programmes and campaigns, as well as to improve the safeguarding and implementation of robust safety and support services within our organisational structure. Indeed, since abuse is not always physical, we are currently preparing a dedicated training programme on mental health at the European Youth Centre in Budapest early next year. 

A flagship example is our current partnership with civil society organisations for Project MEET – an EU-funded comprehensive programme aimed at tackling gendered Islamophobia. This is intersectional discrimination that Muslim women and girls suffer based mainly on grounds of ethnicity, religion and gender. Indeed, the majority of the ways in which Islamophobia is produced, is targeted towards women: due to their dress and the idea that Muslim women are oppressed and must be liberated. These attacks are highly personalised, because they depend on individuals identifying Muslim women and punishing them for their identity. 

At FEMYSO, it is our mission to strive for a diverse, cohesive and vibrant Europe, and the commitment to end all forms of violence against women and girls is part of this. 

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Notes:  

  1. FEMYSO (est. 1996) is a network organisation for 33 Muslim youth and student organisations across 20 European countries, and is the leading voice for European Muslim youth, developing and empowering them, and working to build a more diverse, cohesive and vibrant Europe.  
  1. For more media-related information or requests please email media@femyso.org. 

FEMYSO Statement on Attack of Muslim Youth by French Government Officials 

FEMYSO is deeply disappointed to observe that French government officials have spent their political capital and platforms to attack and delegitimise our fully volunteer-led pan-European youth and students organisation, instead of trying to pass effective policies to support local communities in the recovery from this devastating pandemic.

FEMYSO President Hande Taner said: “This must not be seen in a vacuum. With upcoming elections in France, we view this unjustified attack as nothing more than a method to legitimise the right-wing credentials of these individuals in order to appease racist far right idealogues who intend to divide our societies.”

This directed targeting of FEMYSO is nothing less than an active contribution to the shrinking of civic space as well as an attack on human rights defenders. A free civic space means that criticism can be directed at public figures and institutions without fearing repercussions, as happens under autocratic regimes.

One of the many accusations our organisation was slandered with was that our rhetoric was not befitting of European values. This is laughable. Over the last 25 years our organisation has manifested European values of tolerance and investing in youth, through trainings and campaigns on various topics such as climate justice, human rights education, advocacy and policymaking, meaningful youth participation and mental health awareness. Our campaign in 2019 to encourage minority youth to vote in the European elections in a context where democratic turnout was low, as well as our campaign in 2020 Outbreak of Generosity to instil solidarity amongst youth to support those in need are only examples of our values and fully volunteer-led efforts.

A recent example of can also be seen through the two workshops our volunteers contributed with during the European Youth Event, as well as our moderation of an anti-discrimination panel by our President at the European Youth Event,  this panel focused on the importance of inclusivity, the full recording of this moderation can be watched here.

Our detractors cite Lorenzo Vidino as the main source of the “research” that supposedly exposes our “real intentions”. Mr Vidino is treated by no one as a credible source and has allowed his personal grievances to transform into a multi-year vendetta that isn’t far from blaming FEMYSO for bad weather at this point. Mr Vidino is nothing but a prejudiced man masquerading as an intellectual. It is quite shameful that he spends his time trying to justify his political positions through his biased research with the sole aim of conducting a witch-hunt against Muslims

He must be seen as an unreliable source, whose research focuses on spreading Islamophobic conspiracy theories. Mr Vidino is affiliated with numerous far-right think tanks in the US and is part of a worldwide network of Islamophobic organizations and bloggers (source).

We would like to offer the ability for dialogue for our detractors in the form of a private or public meeting to discuss specific accusations. Furthermore, our easily available FAQ page can provide a clarification on matters that are currently being discussed online amidst a mass disinformation campaign.

At FEMYSO we will continue to participate proactively in the public debate by protecting human and fundamental rights, by organising trainings and campaigns, and by standing in solidarity with our civil society partners as well as human rights defenders against all forms of oppression.

Notes:

  1. FEMYSO (est. 1996) is a network organisation for 33 Muslim youth and student organisations across 20 European countries, and is the leading voice for European Muslim youth, developing and empowering them, and working to build a more diverse, cohesive and vibrant Europe.
  2. For more media-related information or requests please email media@femyso.org.
  3. More information on Lorezo Vidino can be found here: https://bridge.georgetown.edu/research/factsheet-lorenzo-vidino/

 

The attack on the Council of Europe’s Hijab campaign is an attack on human rights

A recent online campaign promoted and led by the Council of Europe’s Anti-Discrimination department, following a workshop in cooperation with FEMYSO, has been attacked by hypocritical French public and political figures who continue to exercise their double standards when it comes to the topic of human rights by promoting liberty only for some and especially not Muslim communities.  

The campaign for the celebration of diversity, including the headscarf, follows on from our collaboration with the Council of Europe’s Anti-Discrimination Department. This specific partnership was in the form of two online workshops aimed at creating human rights-based narratives to counter anti-Muslim hate speech, taking place from the 27-28 September, in a framework of a deep history and continuous forms of cooperation with other parts of the Council of Europe, such as the European Youth Centres and through our representation at the Council of Europe’s Advisory Council on Youth.

As experts on this we facilitated three groups to guide the participants through a process that aimed to analyse hate speech, develop our own human rights narrative as a response. The participants, who belonged to diverse cultural and religious backgrounds, proactively debated the challenges posed by Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hate speech, crafting campaigns aimed at raising awareness on the aforementioned issues. The visual campaign showcasing diversity and portraying young Muslim women wearing the hijab, was a result of this workshop.  

As FEMYSO we are extremely sad to see efforts by Muslim youth once again attacked and undermined by individuals and governments alike. We are deeply concerned and saddened that our collaboration on building human-rights based narratives to tackle anti-Muslim hate speech was attacked. This is yet another example of how young progressive voices are sidelined and Muslim women’s rights are non-existent to those who abuse notions such as liberty, secularism, equality and freedom. 

These attacks on this vital campaign take place in a wider environment of a shrinking of civic space, where government actors routinely censor and limit the freedom of speech when not fitting their political agenda. Such backlash and attacks supported by unfounded arguments, ostracise the work that we do as a civil society and hinders our attempt to represent the voices of those whose voice is not always heard.  

FEMYSO President Hande Taner said “In the face of such heavy racist and anti-Muslim attacks, institutions should stand firm in their messaging in support of human rights, condemning the violation of the freedom of speech and freedom of religion. We firmly believe that everyone has the right and freedom to wear (and not to wear) what they want. Those two are not extremes and do not exclude each other, rather they go together. This is a basic fundamental right.” 

At FEMYSO we will continue to participate proactively in the public debate by protecting human and fundamental rights, by organising trainings and campaigns, and by standing in solidarity with our civil society partners against all forms of oppression. 

Notes:   

  1. FEMYSO (est. 1996) is a network organisation for 33 Muslim youth and student organisations across 20 European countries, and is the leading voice for European Muslim youth, developing and empowering them, and working to build a more diverse, cohesive and vibrant Europe.    
  2. For more media-related information or requests please email media@femyso.org.

Letter to European Parliament President David Sassoli

Brussels, 15 October 2021

Dear President David Sassoli,  

 

On behalf of the Forum of European Muslim Youth and Student Organisations (FEMYSO), a pan-European network representing the voice of the Muslim Youth in Europe, we had the pleasure to participate at the European Youth Event (EYE) 2021, the biggest event for thousands of various young people at a European level. Please read our letter below about our recent experiences, especially ahead of the European Year of Youth 2022, as presented by President Von Der Leyen. 

 

As FEMYSO, we were proud for having been provided and having made us of this great opportunity to participate in a democratic process facilitated by the European Parliament to engage young people more closely with the most democratic and representative institution of the European Union. We participated before in 2016, 2018 but for the first time this year we participated by bringing Muslim youth from more than 14 European countries, by delivering two workshops (education and policymaking) and moderated one panel (fighting discrimination) which also had an MEP as a speaker. Before coming to the EYE, we prepared our participants closely through three webinars on what the European Parliament is, what the EYE consists of and what topics they can expect and can prepare for. Indeed, we even had a “green delegation” as part of our wider FEMYSO delegation, which consisted of participants who completed a European Youth Foundation funded international training on climate justice. These participants prepared with concrete ideas and proposals to make Europe greener, knowing that some ideas would be selected for the EYE report and would contribute to the Conference on the Future of Europe. 

 

We are really happy with the five suggested outcomes from the closing plenary, and we are committed to these proposals as an organisation. We also look forward to seeing them developed throughout the Conference on the Future of Europe. As FEMYSO, it is in fact our vision to strive to build a more diverse, cohesive, and vibrant Europe for all. We do this through our campaigns, training, representation and networking activities. 

 

Unfortunately, the experience of our passionate young people, who came to this event to proactively contribute to the process of bettering our European Union, was negatively impacted as they were targeted by a far-right youth delegation. In different occasions, members of our delegation were specifically targeted and subjected to Islamophobic and Anti-Muslim hate speech at the very heart of the European Parliament. Our workshops were disturbed and the panel we moderated got hindered in the end by racist slurs shouted through the microphones. The far-right youth delegation kept furthering their Islamophobic and xenophobic agenda through a multitude of actions, from verbal abuse to online hate speech. For instance, they also uploaded on social media pictures of our participants (without their consent) and used the hashtag #stopimmigration. These are the actions that we know of, and there might be others that we have not been made aware. Please refer to our statement here. 

 

It is noteworthy that not only Muslim participants were targeted by members of the far-right, specifically of the Identity and Democracy Group (ID) of the European Parliament. Also, members of other minority groups who participated and organised activities at the EYE, such as DiasporaVote and Jesuit Refugee Service, were subjected to verbal harassment, both in person and online, by the same people. The members of the other minority groups shared their experiences with us, only after our Vice President shared our experience in the closing ceremony and after we reached out online for victims of hate speech at EYE2021 to contact us. We highly encourage you to watch this short speech that FEMYSO’s Vice President delivered at the closing ceremony here. 

 

As marginalised young people living in Europe, we are firm believers of active citizenship. We came to this event to effectively contribute by sharing our ideas and listening to the perspectives of youth from all over our Europe. We debated our ideas around climate justice, the role of AI in media literacy, gender equality mainstreaming and of specific ways to fight discrimination. Unfortunately, the disgraceful Islamophobia and racism we were subjected to made us feel unsafe and it ostracised our intent to be active citizens. It is even more disgraceful that some MEPs further encouraged the youths who targeted us, by adding their own hate speech. 

 

What happened during the EYE 2021 – which ought to be a safe space – clearly stands in contradiction with the core values of the European Union of democracy, rule of law, solidarity, equality, and respect for human rights; all of which should be defended. The European Parliament is the heart of our democracy and we expect its leadership to take concrete and effective steps to fight all forms of racism, as well as to call out the unacceptable hate speech and verbal abuse which was subjected to many participants during the EYE. 

 

Addressing Islamophobia and xenophobia is a pivotal part of increasing the trust and confidence of European Muslims, and other minorities, in their national and European institutions. We therefore request a meeting to be organised in order to discuss in depth your commitment and proposals to bring concrete measures to limit Islamophobia, xenophobia and other forms of discrimination that minorities are facing in Europe. One possible idea is to have a Parliamentary Charter against hate speech. We are looking forward to discussing feasible and constructive solutions which may put an end to hate speech and racism.  

 

While looking forward to your prompt response, we take this opportunity to convey our best regards, 

 

Abdelrahman Rizk 

FEMYSO President 

 

Signatories of support to this letter: 

  • Agora Association 
  • Asociación Musulmana por los Derechos Humanos – AMDEH 
  • Beylikduzu Youth Club 
  • Centre for Peace Studies 
  • DemSport 
  • #DiasporaVote! 
  • Dimbaya APS 
  • Eine Welt Netz NRW 
  • Equinox Initiative for Racial Justice 
  • Erasmus Student Network Austria 
  • Erasmus Student Network Lisboa 
  • Erasmus Student Network Portugal 
  • Erasmus Student Network Strasbourg 
  • Euro Youth Mental Health 
  • European Youth Forum – YFJ 
  • European Forum of Muslim Women – EFOMW 
  • European Network against Racism – ENAR 
  • European Roma Grassroots Organisations Network – ERGO Network 
  • Geoclube (Portugal) 
  • Human Rights Association (Georgia) 
  • No Hate Speech Movement Italia 
  • No Hate Speech Network 
  • OpenGlobe 
  • PEBS/ JEF MV 
  • Regional Roma Educational Youth Association-RROMA 
  • The Czech Helsinki Committee 
  • Union of Justice 
  • Voice of the Youth Foundation: St. Maarten Youth Brigade 
  • You(th)+ 
  • Young European Federalists – JEF 
  • Youth Center “Perspektiva”
  • Youth group of the Eine Welt Netz NRW e.V. 

A response to far-right attacks targeting Muslim Youth at the European Parliament

FEMYSO brought together a delegation of young people from over 14 countries to engage with key European institutions, in order to contribute to the discussions that affect our lives as young people in Europe.

Our delegates came from all over Europe, from Scotland to Albania, Gibraltar to Ukraine, Finland to Italy. The positive energy and excitement they brought to learn more about the European institutions and to provide concrete solutions is evidence of the power of young people to bring positive changes to our societies.

Unfortunately our efforts were aggressively undermined and attacked by the malicious actions of a far-right youth delegation at the European Youth Event (EYE).

These actions ranged from verbal harassment of vulnerable members of our delegation, ambushing our workshops with large mobs and aiming to dominate discussions around racism by shouting down at fellow participants.

 

This pattern of behaviour was reflected online with pictures of our participants uploaded with hashtags like #stopimmigration. With far-right Members of European Parliament inciting hatred towards our young people.

When these actions led to members of our delegation to feel unsafe, the senior leadership of FEMYSO carried out measures in coordination with the EYE organisers in order to guarantee the safety of our delegates.

We are thankful for the efforts of the European Parliament and the EYE team for their swift reaction to the numerous incidents.

We would like to reiterate, that the harmful rhetoric used by far right leaders have an impact on the lives of young Muslims, as it did today. We call upon the leaders, policy makers and decision makers of European institutions to ensure that Muslims feel safe in these spaces and that hate speech is not tolerated.

Undeterred by fascists, we will continue our work towards creating a more diverse, cohesive and vibrant Europe for all.

 

[ENDS]

Notes

1. FEMYSO (est. 1996) is a network organisation for 32 Muslim youth and student organisations across 20 European countries, and is the leading voice for European Muslim youth, developing and empowering them, and working to build a more diverse, cohesive and vibrant Europe.

2. For more information or requests please email media@femyso.org

FEMYSO remembers the terrorising consequences of 20 years after 9/11 on the European Action Day Against Islamophobia 

September 2021 marks not only the European Action Day against Islamophobia, but also 20 years after 9/11. FEMYSO, the leading voice of European Muslim youth and students, cannot but stress enough the sickness of the terrorising nature under which they often have to live, work, study and overall, just exist; as well as the sickness of all authorities lacking in ensuring Muslims’ fundamental rights, and in providing security and safety to all Muslims. 

 

With 9/11, Muslims’ faith and identity became a sort of exam which we are forced to take. An exam in the sense of persecution and mockery, and in the form of shame praising, i.e. being forced to comply to the imaginary picture enforced on us describing how we should look and live as Muslims. 

 

As Muslim women undergoing gendered Islamophobia, we say that we shall not remove our headscarves to comply with racist interpretations of ‘neutrality’. As Muslim students and employees, we shall not stop asking for our fundamental right to a safe space where we can perform our prayers. As human beings, we shall not stop fighting for the removal of hate speech in politics and in the public space. 

 

Today, FEMYSO presents to you a hybrid policy talks conference within the frame of project MEET, in which policy priorities for eliminating the discrimination suffered by Muslim women are discussed by high-level speakers. For more information, go here.

 

FEMYSO, together with all our Member Organisations, stay committed to a more diverse, cohesive and vibrant Europe, in which all is free and safe to live and believe as they wish. 

 

Notes    

  1. FEMYSO (est. 1996) is a network organisation for 33 Muslim youth and student organisations across 20 European countries, and is the leading voice for European Muslim youth, developing and empowering them, and working to build a more diverse, cohesive and vibrant Europe.   
  1. For more media-related information or requests please email media@femyso.org. 

Anti-Racism Action Plan (ARAP): 1-Year Anniversary Manifesto

It’s been a year since #BLM (Black Lives Matter) protests were successful in pushing the EU to create an EU Anti-Racism Action Plan. To truly start tackling racism over the next year, over 40 organisations have got solutions. We hope to work constructively with the European Commission to deliver change!

Rather than being protected by police, many racialised communities are victims of racist policing and violence.  The families of Stanislav Tomas, Adil or Ousman Sey are still waiting for justice, as are many more. We’re calling on the Commission to put an end to police brutality, discrimination and violence by extending the Race Equality Directive (RED) to cover law enforcement.

As President von der Leyen stated last year, it is time “to build a truly anti-racist Union – that goes from condemnation to action.” The Commission has promised to ensure that all Member States put forward National Action Plans Against Racism (NAPARs). With COVID-19 devastating our communities in some of the worst ways, we’re calling for these action plans to be finalised, and delivered by 2022. 

It’s time racial justice is mainstreamed in ALL policy areas. Racism does not happen in a vacuum. It’s structural. Let’s include racial justice in climate, digital, economic, education, employment, foreign, defence, gender, migration and security policy. With the increased targeting, arrests and outright banning of anti-racism activists and organisations across Europe, we’re calling on the European Commission to closely scrutinise developments in the Member States and provide concrete support for anti-racist human rights defenders and organisations at risk.

We’re calling for the EU Coordinator on Anti-Racism to work together with civil society in the organisation of the EU Anti-Racism Summit under the French Presidency in March 2022 and to ensure a dynamic and interactive meeting with a focus on structural racism, as well as high-level participation including the President of the Commission and Heads of States.

We want to see the EU Coordinator on Anti-Racism ensure meaningful and regular dialogue between the European Commission and civil society organisations led by racialised groups, communities and organisations.

Finally, it’s time that racialised people are properly represented in the EU institutions and agencies. 

We’re calling on the relevant bodies of the various institutions to put forward its proposals on creating a safe positive environment and strategy that will increase the representation of racialised people and others from underrepresented communities. 

 

To read the manifesto and see the list of civil society organisations, go here.

 

This statement is in cooperation with ENAR (European Network Against Racism), Equinox (Initiative for Racial Justice) and ERGO Network (European Roma Grassroots Organisations Network).

The EU Court of Justice institutionalises sexism and Islamophobia again

Brussels, 16 July 2021  

At FEMYSO, we are utterly outraged at the political decision of the European Court of Justice (ECJ), which once again gives a free pass to employers to ban the Islamic headscarf. This is nothing less than a blatant reduction of the rights of visibly Muslim women in the EU, and thus nothing less than the institutionalisation of Islamophobia.  

Disguised under a layer of ‘neutrality’, the judgement in the joined cases C-804/18 and C-341/19, Wabe and Müller, on the right to wear religious clothing (headscarf) at work, solely panders to the prejudices of customers and employers by favouring racism over the right to non-discrimination. Indeed, the ECJ prioritises the financial interests of employers and prejudiced customers as more important than the rights of those who are perpetually made vulnerable and kept in a vicious circle of discrimination. This case demonstrates that Muslim lives are a justifiable exception to otherwise robust anti-discrimination legislation in the EU.  

Instead of acting as a powerful voice for the social and human aspect of European integration and protecting the rights of those who are most marginalised in our “Union of Equality”, this ruling provides a legal basis for further discrimination against Muslim Women in the job market. In simple terms, the prejudices of some are being placed above the human rights of others.

This political act adds to the hostile environment that Muslim communities face across our region. The 

Impact of islamophobia on our lives both in a structural sense – of which this is an example – and everyday prejudice, cannot be understated, with Muslim women most often as the biggest victims who.

We call on the European Court of Justice to revise this judgement, and EU Member States to stop the obsession with Muslim women’s bodies. We call on the EU and all its institutions to recognise the impact of Islamophobia on its citizens and to work alongside civil society to tackle this disease.

 

Notes   

  1. FEMYSO (est. 1996) is a network organisation for 33 Muslim youth and student organisations across 20 European countries, and is the leading voice for European Muslim youth, developing and empowering them, and working to build a more diverse, cohesive and vibrant Europe.  
  2. Graphic design credits: Limma Ali / Ali.Illustrate
  3. The Times, 15 July 2021 “Hijab can be banned at work, rules EU court” https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/hijab-can-be-banned-at-work-rules-eu-court-g8px0mlms?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1626347525  
  4. Al Jazeera, 15 July 2021 “Top EU court rules hijab can be banned at work” https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/7/15/top-eu-court-rules-hijab-can-be-banned-at-work  
  5. For more information or requests please email media@femyso.org 

 

Remembering Srebrenica: Our Demands as European Muslim Youth

Brussels, 11 July 2021 

FEMYSO commemorates the gruesome Srebrenica genocide on Muslim men on boys in 1995 and honours all the victims. We at the FEMYSO family send our heartfelt condolences to all families and friends of the victims, and remain committed to our fight against the root causes of this massacre. 

It is exactly twenty-six years ago on this day that the worst human massacre took place on European soil after World War II. It was a crime solely driven by a hatred for Bosnian Muslims and enabled by a blatant institutional failure of UN Peacekeeping forces. Human beings were singled out for their faith, whose name sounded ‘Muslim’ while not being religious, to suffer great inhumanity and in the end, to be brutally murdered. Men and boys were separated from their families, women and girls were subjected to rape and torture.  

The brutal murder of more than 8000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica however does not seem to have left a necessary mark to #NeverAgain. As we see the spike of mainstreamed and normalised Islamophobia amongst public and political speeches, rapidly disseminated by traditional and social media, and finally implemented by legislations, we must remain ever committed to fight this injustice while protecting all racialised minorities. 

This is why at FEMYSO, we call for: 

  • Mandatory education of the Srebrenica genocide in history classes 
  • National and EU wide commemoration events by national and EU authorities
  • Mandatory education about anti-Muslim hatred and Islamophobia 

We will continue our fight against any form of racism and our work for a more diverse, cohesive and vibrant Europe. 

 

#WeRemember

 

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Notes  

  1. FEMYSO (est. 1996) is a network organisation for 33 Muslim youth and student organisations across 20 European countries, and is the leading voice for European Muslim youth, developing and empowering them, and working to build a more diverse, cohesive and vibrant Europe. 

FEMYSO sends its condolences to the victims of the London, Ontario Islamophobic attack

At FEMYSO, our hearts go out to the loved ones of the victims and wider Canadian Muslim community following the Islamophobic attack in London, Ontario on Sunday evening. We are appalled and deeply saddened that this murderous hit and run took the life of four family members and left the youngest member of nine years old an orphan. 

This was a targeted terrorist attack on a Muslim family because they visibly looked Muslim. Based on police reports, the fact that the suspect does not have a criminal record nor belongs to a hate group, shows the deadly and radicalising nature of Islamophobia. It also shows the even greater need to tackle the institutional and systemic manifestation of Islamophobia, particularly in media where defamatory and unrepresentative narratives around Muslims and Islam are disseminated. Studies have shown that such dehumanising narratives can lead to attacks on entire communities, as seen in London, Ontario and Christchurch, New Zealand. 

As the far right continue their march unchecked on our shores and abroad, spreading hate and radicalising ordinary citizens, Muslim communities across the world constantly live in fear of terrorist attacks like that of Sunday in Canada. This is the real-life impact of the societal disease that is Islamophobia when it is not appropriately addressed by those who hold leadership positions. 

We demand not only justice for victims in Canada but demand that the European Commission, European Parliament and all European states take concrete measures to combat Islamophobia in all its manifestations. 

We ask the most High to accept the victims and provide them with His utmost mercy. May their loved ones find peace during this incredibly difficult time. إِنَّا لِلَّٰهِ وَإِنَّا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ Verily we belong to Allah and to Him return. 

 

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Notes  

  1. FEMYSO (est. 1996) is a network organisation for 33 Muslim youth and student organisations across 20 European countries, and is the leading voice for European Muslim youth, developing and empowering them, and working to build a more diverse, cohesive and vibrant Europe. 
  1. Reuters, 8 June 2021 “Man suspected of killing Canadian Muslim family was motivated by hate – police” https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/four-killed-by-car-were-victims-anti-islamic-hate-crime-canada-police-2021-06-07/. 
  1. BBC, 8 June 2021. “Muslim family in Canada killed in ‘premeditated’ truck attack” https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-57390398. 
  1. For more information or requests please email media@femyso.org.