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European Commission Hosts Speaking Event of NGO Tied to Muslim Brotherhood

June 9th, 2022 14:58

As part of its 2022 Gen­er­al Assem­bly, on 19 May 2022, the Euro­pean Net­work Against Racism (ENAR) orga­nized a speak­ing event at the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion build­ing in Brus­sels, dis­cussing and assess­ing Nation­al Action Plans Against Racism. Accord­ing to an ENAR web­site post :

Mem­bers attend­ed a meet­ing held at the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion on the EU Action Plan Against Racism and the imple­men­ta­tion of the Nation­al Action Plans Against Racism (NAPAR). The pan­el, also attend­ed by EU Anti-Racism Coor­di­na­tor Michaela Moua, aimed for ENAR mem­bers to learn from prac­tices, dif­fi­cul­ties, chal­lenges in build­ing a NAPAR coali­tion and advo­ca­cy includ­ing: Equal­i­ty Data col­lec­tion, recog­ni­tion of struc­tur­al racism, and intersectionality.

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ENAR said par­tic­i­pants also dis­cussed con­cerns over the lack of appoint­ment of a new EU Coor­di­na­tor against Islamophobia.

Three new board mem­bers were appoint­ed as part of the three-day ENAR 2022 GA, which took place from 19–21 May 2022 and cen­tered around the theme “Decol­o­niz­ing Jus­tice,” ENAR also extend­ed the tenure of its Chair Karen Tay­lor and Ojeaku Nwabu­zo, who pre­vi­ous­ly was ENAR Senior Research Offi­cer, was appoint­ed as Co-Direc­tor. Nwabu­zo will work along­side cur­rent ENAR Direc­tor Kim Smouter as part of the secretariat’s Senior Man­age­ment Team.

On 20 May 2021, ENAR wel­comed two high-pro­file guests to deliv­er keynote speeches:

  • Saraya Gomis, Berlin State Sec­re­tary for Diver­si­ty and Anti-Discrimination
  • Domeni­ca Guidei Biidu, Vice-Chair of the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion against Racism and Intol­er­ance, the Coun­cil of Europe’s main anti-racism body

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 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.

The Glob­al Influ­ence Oper­a­tions Report (GIOR) has cov­ered past instances of ENAR lob­by­ing for mea­sures against racism at the supra- and inter­na­tion­al lev­el, includ­ing demands that future EU anti-ter­ror­ism leg­is­la­tion con­sid­ers its impact on groups ENAR believes are at height­ened risk of racial dis­crim­i­na­tion. In March 2022, the GIOR report­ed that ENAR par­tic­i­pat­ed in this year’s edi­tion of the annu­al “Euro­pean Anti-Racism Sum­mit,” which fea­tured sev­er­al high-lev­el EU offi­cials. In May 2022, the GIOR report­ed that then ENAR Senior Research Offi­cer Ojeaku Nwabu­zo deliv­ered a vir­tu­al address to the 49th UN Human Rights Coun­cil session.