On 21 May 2021, the Forum of European Muslim Youth and Student Organizations (FEMYSO) held a virtual Eid reception that was joined by a Swedish MP and high-level Council of Europe officials. According to a Facebook post announcing the event:
This Friday 21st May at 17:15 (CET) join us in welcoming speakers from key Europeans Institutions and Civil Society organisations sharing their messages of solidarity with Muslims all over Europe on this special occasion.
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The live-streamed event, which was moderated by FEMYSO Vice-President Hiba Latreche, was co-hosted by FEMYSO and the European Parliament Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup (ARDI), a cross-political party grouping that promotes racial equity and counter-racism in the work of the European Parliament. The reception was addressed by FEMYSO Executive Committee members Burak Barut and Abdelrahman Rizk and featured the following guest speakers:
- Momodou Malcolm Jallow, member of the Swedish Parliament and Council of Europe General Rapporteur on Combating Racism & Intolerance.
- Daniel Höltgen, Council of Europe Director of Communications and Special Representative on Antisemitic, Anti-Muslim and Other Forms of Religious Intolerance and Hate Crimes.
- Rui Gomes, Head of the Education and Training Division at the Council of Europe Youth Department.
- Zamzam Ibrahim, Vice-President of the European Students Union, where FEMYSO is an associate member.
- Abdel Bettahar, a representative of the Finnish FEMYSO member Nuorten Muslimien Foorumi.
- Silja Markkula, President of the European Youth Forum, a Brussels-based student rights organization representing students with respect to European institutions and the Council of Europe.
FEMYSO is the youth/student arm of the Council of European Muslims, 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. In recent times, its leadership has 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 level.
Prior GIOR reporting on FEMYSO has included:
- In October 2020, the GIOR reported on FEMYSO’s ties to the Collective Against Islamophobia in France (CCIF), which was identified as an Islamist influence operation.
- In October 2020, the GIOR reported that FEMYSO was among a group of civil society organizations with links to the European Muslim Brotherhood calling for the adoption of anti-racist legislation mitigating the impact of Covid-19 on Muslim communities.
- In November 2020, the GIOR reported that FEMYSO hosted an anti-Islamophobia event with several top EU officials.
- In January 2021, the GIOR reported that FEMYSO had issued a statement praising a decision to allow religious clothing in Higher Education in the Wallonia-Brussels region.
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