On 23 March 2022, a representative of the Brussels-based human rights NGO European Network Against Racism (ENAR) delivered a virtual address to the 49th session of the UN Human Rights Council. According to a post on the ENAR website:
We call the Council’s attention to the human rights situation of Africans and other racialised groups following reports of discrimination and violence at EU borders. As expressed jointly by Special Procedures including the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent and other Special Rapporteurs with a mandate on racial discrimination and the human rights of migrants, we are deeply concerned that Black people and other racialised groups are subjected to discriminatory treatment as they flee Ukraine and face subsequent discriminatory treatment within the EU.
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The statement was delivered by ENAR Senior Research Officer Ojeaku Nwabuzo, who has been working for the organization since 2014. Nwabuzo called on the Council to work towards stopping what she called the dehumanization of people of African descent and “other racialized groups” at the European borders in light of the current Ukrainian refugee crisis.
The underlying document was co-signed by a coalition of over 60 civil society organizations that included several groups tied to the Global Muslim Brotherhood (GMB):
- European Forum of Muslim Women, affiliated with the Council of European Muslims (CEM), the umbrella group representing the GMB in Europe
- Forum of European Muslim Youth and Student Organizations (FEMYSO) the youth/student arm of the CEM
- European Network On Religion And Belief, an ENAR member with ties to the GMB in Europe
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 GMB, 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, according to the Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch, 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 April 2022, the GIOR reported that ENAR leaders had participated in a virtual meeting with the Vice-President of the European Parliament to discuss the parliament’s role in combatting racism.
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