The European Network Against Racism (ENAR) is reporting it has awarded 200,000 euros in “resilience” funding to 20 of its member groups, who it says are defending the human rights of racialized communities in Europe. Several beneficiaries are tied to the Global Muslim Brotherhood (GMB). According to a post on the ENAR website:
May 11, 2022 ENAR has issued its first grants under the Empowerment and Resilience Fund with the aim of supporting anti-racist organisations and developing a vibrant and strong anti-racist Network across Europe. Through the Fund, ENAR has granted a total of €191.825 to support 20 Network member organisations who defend the human rights of racialised communities in Europe and work towards a more inclusive Europe for all.
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In its statement, ENAR says the funding was made possible due to the support of external donors and that it was granted through ENAR’s own Empowerment and Resilience Fund. According to ENAR, the fund provides direct financial support towards the operating costs of beneficiaries, strengthening the capacity of grassroots anti-racist civil society groups in the ENAR network. ENAR also said an additional call was foreseen in 2022 to expand the number of beneficiaries across Europe.
The beneficiaries, solely anti-racist and/or migrant civil society groups active in anti-discrimination work, included several NGOs tied to the GMB in Europe:
- European Network on Religion and Belief (ENORB) a European interfaith organization that includes only European Muslim Brotherhood groups as Islamic members. Its founding members include the Cordoba Foundation and the Council of European Muslims, the leading umbrella group representing the GMB in Europe.
- European Forum of Muslim Women, a Muslim women’s advocacy group closely affiliated with the CEM and whose current leadership continues to show many links to the GMB.
- Forum of European Muslim Youth and Student Organizations (FEMYSO), the youth/student arm of the CEM.
ENAR is an association of over 150 NGOs href=” https://www.enar-eu.org/Members”>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. ENAR also has its own ties to the GMB in Europe. Former ENAR Director Michaël Privot, who in 2008 openly acknowledged that he was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, has served in leading positions in several organizations tied to the Global Muslim Brotherhood, including as a board member of FEMYSO. In 2019, ENAR was one of 21 signatories to an open letter published by a self-described “informal European coalition against Islamophobia,” which was comprised mainly of organizations and one individual tied to the GMB in Europe.
ENAR is featured prominently in an August 2022 GIOR report titled “Europe and the Global Muslim Brotherhood Part 2: Lobbying & Political Impacts,” which analyzes ENAR’s lobbying efforts in executive and legislative bodies of the European Union.