Today the European Parliament hosted the human rights and pro-democracy NGOs as well as representatives of Muslim minorities in the international symposium entitled “Muslim Communities in Europe: between Islamophobia and security concerns” co-organized by European Muslim Initiative for Social Cohesion (EMISCO), European Network against Racism (ENAR), ThinkOut, European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR), Forum of European Muslim Youth and Student Organization (FEMYSO) and the Presidency of Turks Abroad of the Prime Ministry of the Republic of Turkey.
The message of ICYF-DC President Amb. Elshad Iskandarov was delivered at the opening ceremony of the Symposium by ICYF-DC Media and Education Director Ms. Esra Ozturk. The message started with the analysis of recent rise of Islamophobia in Europe and its connection with advance of the far right. It further underlined that Europe’s perception of Muslim community is based on “the paradigm of fear” which is fabricated by the right-wing extremist trend getting benefit of racism and anti-immigrant discrimination. Reminding the title of the previous important ICYF-DC conference on “Europe and the Islamic world : there is more than unites us than divides us”, Amb. Iskandarov reiterated his call for establishment of all-European platform to counter Islamophobia and radicalization. The message also called for establishment of symbolically-important European Day against Islamophobia to be implemented within the activities of such an intensive and wide-covering platform embracing both political elites and civil society, media and public opinion champions, business and entertainment leaders. The message stressed the readiness of ICYF-DC to support any concrete action in implementation of this initiative.
The Symposium was attended by MP Veli Yuksel, MP Afzal Khan, MP Mahinur Ozdemir, Dr. Kudret Bulbul, the President of Turks Abroad, Ambassador Omur Orhun, adviser to the OIC, Prof. Dr. Bulent Senay, Vice President of EMISCO besides several academicians, human rights activists, media representatives.