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
- Kim Smouter, the newly appointed ENAR Director
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.
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