On 2 February 2007 President of the Islamic Conference Youth Forum for Dialogue and Cooperation (ICYF-DC) Mr. Ali Sarikaya and Secretary General Mr. Elshad Iskandarov have attended the workshop on “Islamophobia” organized by Research Center for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA) at the headquarters building in Istanbul the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Conference H.E. Prof. Ekmeleddin Ýhsanoglu made an inaugural address emphasizing the problems of the Muslim world in the last decade
Several distinguished academicians from different universities and organizations discussed the sources of Islamophobia and possible ways to preventing it and fighting its consequences. During the workshop the participants have provided consensus on importance of the role of the youth. Participants also have expressed dialogue between youth groups.
In his intervention at the workshop Secretary General of the ICYF-DC Mr. Elshad Iskandarov listed the ICYF-DC activities aimed at fighting Islamophobia and also informed on the Forum’s prospective plans on the issue. It was underlined that cooperation with other counterparts from Western domains (as successful cooperation of the ICYF-DC with national and international youth organization from the EU Member States) is crucial element in securing the overall success of the OIC campaign of fighting Islamophobia. Mr. Iskandarov has also suggested to establish watchdog groups in the universities outside the OIC domain (based on voluntary activities of activist of Muslim youth minorities) on Islamophobic incidents and to collect data to contribute for a comprehensive annual reports. He has also stated the need for accuracy and comprehensiveness to provide credibility and respect for this report on international level. Secretary General of the ICYF-DC has also added that working with non-Muslim expert during the process of preparing annual reports would contribute toward the stated aim.
Participants made some other contributions to the issue on youth perspective and suggested to create a database of the youth organizations in the Muslim world and create an effective network on Islamophobia. Also another suggestion was organizing a meeting with 10-15 youth organizations which directly related with the issue.
Following the workshop President of the Islamic Conference Youth Forum (ICYF-DC) Mr. Ali Sarikaya and Secretary General Mr. Elshad Iskandarov have attended ceremony organized by IRCICA on the occasion of Outstanding example of Patronage extended to International Cooperation in the field of Culture and Scholarship awarded to H.E. Mintemir Sh. Shaimiev, the President of the Republic of Tataristan, Russian Federation.