IslamismNovember 22 2021, 15:13 pm

European Muslim Brotherhood Youth Group Elects New Leadership, Introduces New Member Organization

On 1 Novem­ber 2021, the Forum of Euro­pean Mus­lim Youth and Stu­dent Orga­ni­za­tions (FEMYSO) announced that dur­ing its 25th Gen­er­al Assem­bly, it had elect­ed a new Exec­u­tive Com­mit­tee for the peri­od 2021–2023. Accord­ing to a state­ment by incom­ing FEMYSO Pres­i­dent Hande Tan­er pub­lished on the FEMYSO Face­book page:

I would like to thank the out­go­ing exec­u­tive for their excel­lent work in bring­ing the organ­i­sa­tion to where it cur­rent­ly is. I am proud to lead this organ­i­sa­tion in its 26th year of exis­tence, I am also incred­i­bly proud to lead an [sic] fan­tas­tic team of com­mit­ted young lead­ers who are excit­ed to take this organ­i­sa­tions work to anoth­er level.

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FEMYSO is the youth/student arm of the Coun­cil of Euro­pean Mus­lims, for­mer­ly known as the Fed­er­a­tion of Islam­ic Orga­ni­za­tions in Europe, known to rep­re­sent the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood in Europe. One of the impor­tant lead­ers of FEMYSO over the years has been Ger­man Mus­lim Broth­er­hood leader Ibrahim El-Zay­at, and in recent times, its lead­er­ship has also been drawn from the fam­i­ly of impor­tant Glob­al Mus­lim Broth­er­hood lead­ers. Almost all of the FEMYSO mem­ber orga­ni­za­tions are also tied to the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood in Europe. Over the years, FEMYSO has devel­oped rela­tion­ships with the Coun­cil of Europe, the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion, and many oth­er sig­nif­i­cant orga­ni­za­tions at the Euro­pean and inter­na­tion­al levels.

The new FEMYSO Exec­u­tive Com­mit­tee is com­prised of the fol­low­ing individuals:

  • Hande Tan­er, Pres­i­dent (Nether­lands), who in the peri­od from 2019–2021 served as FEMYSO Head of Media and is also a mem­ber of the Coun­cil of Europe Advi­so­ry Coun­cil on Youth.
  • Esma­n­ur Aslan, Gen­er­al Sec­re­tary (Bel­gium).
  • Fati­ma Halawa, Head of Inter­nal Devel­op­ment (Ire­land), for­mer FEMYSO Head of Train­ing, and a daugh­ter of Irish Mus­lim Broth­er­hood leader Hus­sein Halawa.
  • Hiba Latreche, Head of Fundrais­ing (France), for­mer FEMYSO Gen­er­al Sec­re­tary, and a daugh­ter of French Islamist activist Mohammed Ennac­er Latreche, who in 2014 had his assets frozen by the French gov­ern­ment after defend­ing acts of jihadist ter­ror­ism in Syria.
  • Burak Barut, Head of Train­ing (Ger­many), for­mer FEMYSO Head of Services
  • Yusuf Has­san, Head of Media (Unit­ed King­dom), for­mer FEMYSO Head of Campaigns
  • Vull­net Sel­mani, Head of Finance (North Mace­do­nia, re-elected)
  • Nadia El Faroukhi, Head of Mem­ber Orga­ni­za­tion Rela­tions (France)
  • Salman Gadid, Head of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mar­ket­ing (Fin­land)
  • Nourhene Mah­mou­di, Head of Cam­paigns (Italy)
  • Ibti­helle Ben, Head of Ser­vices (France)

This year’s FEMYSO Gen­er­al Assem­bly was titled “Back to the Future” and took place on the week­end of 22–23 Octo­ber 2021. After hav­ing assigned it an “observ­er” sta­tus in 2020, del­e­gates at the event also vot­ed for intro­duc­ing the Mus­lim Youth Of Gibral­tar (MYG) as a new full mem­ber orga­ni­za­tion. Gibral­tese media has report­ed that the group, which main­ly orga­nizes com­mu­ni­ty events, was found­ed with the inten­tion of high­light­ing the var­i­ous cul­tur­al and eth­nic back­grounds of Mus­lims in Gibral­tar and worldwide.

On 15 Novem­ber 2021, the head of the Euro­pean Union Agency for Fun­da­men­tal Rights, Michael O’Flaherty, met with mem­bers of the new Exec­u­tive Com­mit­tee to dis­cuss pos­si­bil­i­ties for fur­ther cooperation.


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