On 29 March 2021, the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) held a virtual event launching an EU-funded report about the impact of European counter-terrorism laws and policies on groups at risk of racism. According to a Facebook announcement, the event featured appearances by several high-level EU officials and MEPs:
The European Network Against Racism has undertaken a research project to assess and document the Impact of the counter-terrorism and counter-radicalization measures on groups at risk of discrimination and racism. This research project specifically examines the experiences of counter-terrorism and counter-radicalisation measures by members of groups that are at heightened risk of facing discrimination and racism in France, Germany, Hungary, Poland and Spain.
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In its report, ENAR made several policy recommendations, including that all EU counter-terrorism legislation should automatically expire after a fixed time and that EU institutions should regularly and proactively engage with civil society organizations on counter-terrorism measures. ENAR also said the development of these policies and practices was grounded on prejudices about Muslim communities and demanded the EU refrain from using “vague and general labels such as Jihadism, Islamism, and political Islam,” arguing that their analytical value was outweighed by their stigmatizing impact.
The report launch event was hosted by two Swedish and German MEPs and featured contributions by high-level EU officials and policymakers, including the EU Commissioner for Equality and the EU Commission’s Counter-Terrorism Policy Officer. Panelists also included ENAR Chair Karen Taylor and Chafika Attalai, former International Project Manager at the Collective Against Islamophobia in France (CCIF), a controversial Islamophobia watchdog that in 2020 was dissolved by the French government as part of its crackdown against groups accused of radicalism. In October 2020, the Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) published an analysis that concluded CCIF was an Islamist influence operation, describing in detail its campaigning efforts against secularism and its ties to organizations part of the Global Muslim Brotherhood (GMB) in Europe, a transnational Islamist influence operation covered by the GIOR.
ENAR is an association of over 150 NGOs describing itself as “the voice of the anti-racist movement in Europe” with headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. 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 the Forum of European Muslim Youth and Student Organizations, the youth/student arm of the GMB in Europe. In March 2020, the GIOR reported that ENAR and CCIF leaders participated in a virtual anti-racism summit co-organized by the European Commission that featured appearances by the EU Commission President and the Vice-President of the European Parliament.
Prior GIOR reporting on CCIF has also included:
- A November 2020 report that the French government had dissolved CCIF, accusing it of being an “Islamist dispensary working against the Republic.”
- A November 2020 report that former CCIF International Project Manager Chafika Attalai participated in a web panel discussion organized by a think tank close to the Turkish government that accused France of Islamophobia.
- A February 2021 report that CCIF had been part of a coalition of 36 NGOs taking action against France at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHCR) over its alleged systemic discrimination of Muslims.
- A February 2021 report that CCIF had regrouped in Belgium under a new name.