EU Muslims Launch Rights Council
By Hani Salah
CAIRO — Muslims activists from 26 European countries have come together to launch the first rights council to enlighten European Muslims about their rights, monitor rising Islamophobia and defend Muslim rights in European courts of law.
“We think European human rights groups are not doing enough to defend the rights of Muslims,” Ali Abu Shwaima, the director of the Islamic Center in Milano, told IslamOnline.net on Monday, December 21.
“Therefore we though that we need this new council, especially that all laws and constitutions in Europe respect freedom of religion and oppose all forms of discrimination and racism.”
The Council for European Muslims Rights was launched Sunday, December 20, in the Belgian capital Brussels.
Abu Shwaima said the launch was attended by activists from nearly 26 European countries.
The participants had formed a general committee to elect the council steering team.
The council would include four committees for violations monitoring, media outreach, governmental liaison and financial issues.
“We are now seeking to register the council with European countries and the European Union,” Abu Shwaima.
“We have taken into consideration that the council’s bylaw confirms with laws in all European countries to avoid any registration problems.”
The fledging council seeks to play multiple roles in serving Muslims in Europe, estimated at nearly 25 millions.
“The council will seek to enhance Muslims’ awareness of their rights under the laws and constitutions of their European countries,” says Abu Shwaima, a founding member.
“This could help abort far-rightists’ attempts to deprive them of such rights.”
Last week, the international Open Society Institute said Muslims in Europe are facing growing discrimination including social and economic disadvantages.
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