The Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) has announced its annual Islamophobia Conference, titled “The Attacks on Civil, Human and Political Rights for Muslims in Europe,” and scheduled to have been held on December 13. The conference announcement states:
All across Europe there are increased attacks on the civil and human rights of Muslims by governments and are indications of the rise of police states in Europe.
The announcement cites alleged examples in Britain, France, and Austria, comparing a purported proposal in France to what Hitler did to the Jews in Germany. The conference was held in cooperation with two other groups:
- Scotland Against Criminalizing Communities (SACC) – A group which on its website (currently unavailable) says it campaigns against laws and policies whose effect is to criminalize political and community activity, focusing on Britain’s anti-terrorism laws, said to be unjust and racist and shaped by foreign policy.
- Decolonial International Network (DIN) – A network which, according to its website, was formed based on the Leninist concept of the vanguard party, bringing together organizations and individuals in different European countries which on the same themes along the same lines without knowing of each other’s existence, and is headquartered in Holland.
- Mohamed Al-Asi – A UK-based, U.S.-born imam, which, according to an Israeli NGO, has a history of making accusatory statements against the U.S., Israel, and Jews. According to a translation, he said on Iranian TV in 2006 that “The events of 9/11 were planned by the American administration, to be used as a pretext and justification to fight terrorism”.
- Houria Bouteldja – A French-Algerian political activist and writer, said to be focusing on anti-racism, anti-imperialism, and Islamophobia
- Abed Choudhury – IHRC, who wrote an article on the Decolonial International Network’s (DIN) website, in which he stated that Britain was a police state
- Ramón Grosfoguel – A Professor of Chicano/Latino Studies at University of Berkley, who was among the founders of the Decolonial International Network (DIN)
- Massoud Shadjareh – IHRC Chairman
The Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) is a UK based NGO founded in 1997. Since 2007, it has had Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations. Its website says it works with different organizations from Muslim and non-Muslim backgrounds “to campaign for justice for all peoples regardless of their racial, confessional, or political background.” The IHRC is considered supportive of the Iranian regime, and for many years has been central to organizing the events of the annual International Quds Day, initiated by the Iranian revolutionary regime. The IHRC’s chairman is Massoud Shadjareh, who is close to the anti-Israel website inminds.com and served as a director in the now inactive Muslim Channel; his wife Arzu Merali is a co-founder, writer, and researcher at the IHRC. Another Muslim Channel director Shabbir Hassanaly, a scholar and web developer, is said by the UK Times to have been “one of a number of individuals and organizations in the UK…whose views and activities are closely aligned to the religious ideology of the Iranian government.” He developed applications for other pro-Iranian organizations such as the Iranian TV channel Press TV and AhlulBayt Islamic Mission (AIM). In October 2019, the Times reported that since 2013, the IHRC has also been receiving donations through the UK taxpayer-funded Gift Aid scheme for charitable organizations.
Previous reporting by the Global Information Operations Report (GIOR) on the IHRC has included:
- A report earlier today on an IHRC webinar held in early November 2020 on the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Campaign against Israel, describing Israel’s regime in terms of settler colonialism and apartheid.
- An October 2020 report on a book launch in Tehran, which was published by the IHRC, and analyzes the work of three leading American think-tanks, accusing them of helping to frame U.S. policies against the Islamic world and Islamic resistance [muqawamah] movements.
- An October 2020 report on a webinar the IHRC held on the ‘One state solution’ for the Palestine/Israeli conflict with British and Israeli speakers.