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Successor Of Banned French Islamophobia Watchdog Launches New Website

March 17th, 2021 14:47

The Col­lec­tif Con­tre l’Islamophobie en Europe (CCIE) has post­ed a tweet announc­ing the launch of its new web­site, ask­ing its fol­low­ers to report Islam­o­pho­bic inci­dents there. Accord­ing to the post:

LAUNCH OF THE CCIE WEBSITE: The team of the Col­lec­tive Against Islam­o­pho­bia in Europe is pleased to announce the launch of its web­site https://ccieurope.org, whose main func­tion­al­i­ty will be to receive reports of Islam­o­pho­bic acts. [Trans­lat­ed from French using DeepL.]

Read the tweet here.

The CCIE is the suc­ces­sor to the Col­lec­tif Con­tre l’Islamophobie en France (CCIF), a French Islam­o­pho­bia watch­dog and human rights NGO that the French gov­ern­ment banned in 2020. In Feb­ru­ary 2021, the Glob­al Influ­ence Oper­a­tions Report (GIOR) report­ed it had regrouped in neigh­bor­ing Bel­gium under a new name.

The CCIF had been the sub­ject of a media storm since the French gov­ern­ment accused it of tak­ing part in a social media cam­paign against a French his­to­ry teacher who was behead­ed after show­ing his class car­i­ca­tures of the Prophet Muham­mad as part of a class on free speech. In mid-Octo­ber 2020, GIOR con­clud­ed that CCIF was an Islamist influ­ence oper­a­tion, ana­lyz­ing in detail its cam­paign­ing efforts against sec­u­lar­ism and its ties to orga­ni­za­tions part of the Glob­al Mus­lim Broth­er­hood in Europe, a transna­tion­al Islamist net­work cov­ered by the GIOR. Pri­or GIOR report­ing about CCIF has also included:

  • A Decem­ber 2020 report that the Coun­cil on Amer­i­can-Islam­ic Rela­tions (CAIR), an impor­tant part of the US Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, had announced it offered office space and logis­ti­cal resources to CCIF.
  • A Jan­u­ary 2021 report that the lead­ers of Col­lec­tif Con­tre l’Islamophobie en Bel­gique (CCIB), like­ly the Bel­gian sis­ter orga­ni­za­tion of CCIF, had links to the Bel­gian green par­ty Ecolo.
  • A Feb­ru­ary 2021 report that CCIF was 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.