In our post from 13 December 2021, we wrongly named Michaël Privot as the current Director of the European Network Against Racism (ENAR). In August 2021, Privot was replaced by Juliana Santos Wahlgren, a member of the European Commission Expert Group on Migration, Integration, Asylum, and who since 2006 had been serving as ENAR Senior Advocacy Officer. Wahlgren previously worked as a legal counselor for an ENAR member organization in Luxembourg and as a lawyer for a Brazilian oil and gas company. According to bio:
She is an expert on the various […] legal frameworks and policies of structural and institutional discrimination based on origin, gender, migration status, LGBTI, and other minorities. [Translated using Google.]
Other recent leadership changes include the promotion of former ENAR Press Officer Mahmoud AbuRahma to Deputy Director. Before joining ENAR in early 2020, AbuRahma served as Director of Communications and International Relations at the Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights (AMCHR), a Palestinian human rights NGO. From 2017 to 2020, AMCHR received more than 449,000 euros from the European Union for “Strengthening monitoring, protection, and Rehabilitation of Civilians” at risk of human rights violations in Gaza. Since 2020, the organization has been part of an $8.1 million “Human Rights Fund Programme” for Palestine funded by Sweden via the NGO Development Center.
An Israeli NGO has accused Al-Mezan of conducting anti-Israeli “lawfare” campaigns and having officials and employees that included members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and Hamas, both EU and US-designated terrorist organizations. However, a Dutch ministerial report refuted these and other such allegations.
Privot, who in 2008 openly acknowledged that he had been a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, has served in leading positions in several organizations tied to the Global Muslim Brotherhood (GMB), including as a board member of the Forum of European Muslim Youth and Student Organizations, the youth/student arm of the GMB in Europe.