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Annual High-Level EU Anti-Racism Summit Features Leaders of Human Rights Groups with Ties to Muslim Brotherhood

March 25th, 2022 11:25

On 21 March 2022, the annu­al “Euro­pean Anti-Racism Sum­mit” was held in Brus­sels and online. Accord­ing to a post on the sum­mit website:

At the occa­sion of the Inter­na­tion­al Day for the Elim­i­na­tion of Racial Dis­crim­i­na­tion, the Euro­pean Anti-Racism Sum­mit 2022 gath­er­ing numer­ous key stake­hold­ers will revis­it the impor­tance of the need to con­tin­ue our con­cert­ed efforts in the fight against racism in the Euro­pean Union.

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The Euro­pean Com­mis­sion host­ed the event in coop­er­a­tion with the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment Anti-Racism and Diver­si­ty Inter­group (ARDI) and the Coun­cil of Europe’s Euro­pean Com­mis­sion against Racism and Intol­er­ance. Sim­i­lar to the event report­ed last year by the Glob­al Influ­ence Oper­a­tions Report (GIOR), this year’s edi­tion fea­tured sev­er­al high-lev­el EU offi­cials, includ­ing the EU Com­mis­sion­er for Equal­i­ty, the Direc­tor-Gen­er­al for Jus­tice and Con­sumers, the EU Anti-Racism Coor­di­na­tor, and sev­er­al MEPs. Video mes­sages by sev­er­al gov­ern­ment offi­cials and min­is­ters from EU mem­ber coun­tries were made avail­able on the sum­mit web­site.

The event also includ­ed speak­ing appear­ances by two lead­ers of the Euro­pean Net­work Against Racism (ENAR), a Bel­gian civ­il soci­ety NGO with ties to the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood (MB) in Europe:

  • Karen Tay­lor, ENAR Chair

ENAR is an asso­ci­a­tion of over 150 NGOs describ­ing itself as “the voice of the anti-racist move­ment in Europe” and has met with high-lev­el EU offi­cials, includ­ing the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion Coor­di­na­tor on Com­bat­ing Anti-Mus­lim Hatred. For­mer ENAR Direc­tor Michaël Priv­ot, who in 2008 open­ly acknowl­edged that he was a mem­ber of the MB, has served in lead­ing posi­tions in sev­er­al orga­ni­za­tions tied to the MB, includ­ing as a  board mem­ber of the Forum of Mus­lim Youth and Stu­dent Orga­ni­za­tions (FEMYSO). The two ENAR Islam­ic mem­ber orga­ni­za­tions, FEMYSO and the Euro­pean Forum Of Mus­lim Women are both part of the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood In Europe. Addi­tion­al­ly, the Euro­pean Net­work On Reli­gion And Belief (ENORB), anoth­er ENAR mem­ber, also has ties to the Euro­pean MB.

Anoth­er sum­mit speak­er was Rima Hanano, Project Direc­tor of the CLAIM Allianz, an umbrel­la net­work of 47 civ­il soci­ety and Mus­lim advo­ca­cy groups in Ger­many that works against “Islam­o­pho­bic, anti-Mus­lim and racist ten­den­cies.” Sev­er­al part­ner orga­ni­za­tions in the CLAIM net­work have ties to the MB in Ger­many, includ­ing some whose rep­re­sen­ta­tives are also part of a lead­er­ship del­e­ga­tion that con­venes twice a year to mon­i­tor the plan­ning and imple­men­ta­tion of CLAIM activities.