On 24 March 2022, leaders of two civil society NGOs with ties to the Global Muslim Brotherhood in Europe participated in a virtual meeting with the Vice-President of the European Parliament to discuss the parliament’s role in combatting racism. According to a tweet by Equinox – Initiative For Racial Justice:
On Wednesday, we (@ENAREurope @ERGO_Network) met with European Parliament Vice @papadimoulis to discuss measures to combat racism.
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The participants also thanked European Parliament President Roberta Metsola and Parliament Vice-President Dimitrios Papadimoulis for their support and “being open to our demands to ensure a truly just Union.” The meeting’s speakers included the current principal leaders of the European Network Against Racism (ENAR):
- Kim Smouter, the newly appointed ENAR Director
- Juliana Santos Wahlgren, ENAR Acting Director and a member of the European Commission Expert Group on Migration, Integration, Asylum
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 (GMB), including as a board member of the Forum of Muslim Youth and Student Organizations (FEMYSO). The two ENAR Islamic member organizations, FEMYSO and the European Forum Of Muslim Women are part of the GMB in Europe. ENAR has long lobbied for stricter measures against racism at the European level and demanded that EU anti-terrorism legislation consider the impact on groups it believes are at heightened risk of discrimination.
The 24 March 2022 event also included representatives of Equinox – Initiative For Racial Justice, which describes itself as a “people of colour-led coalition working to advance rights and justice for all people in Europe” and mainly works in the fields of Climate Justice, Migration, Law Enforcement, and Gender. It has campaigned to abolish the European border and coast guard agency Frontex and mainstream racial equality in all EU policy. Equinox was co-founded in 2021 by Alfiaz Vaiya, a former European Forum of Muslim Women Advisory Board member and former ENAR Senior Advocacy Officer Sarah Chander. The Equinox supporters consortium includes the European Network On Religion And Belief, another ENAR member whose Islamic member is the Council of European Muslims, an umbrella group that comprises the GMB in Europe. Equinox says it is supported by the Open Society Foundations.
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