CHC, alongside 33 civil society organisations, expresses solidarity with FEMYSO and denounces France’s discriminatory actions following its recent attacks against the youth-led Muslim civil rights organisation. Over the past months, the French government has launched countless administrative procedures to shut down Muslim-led organisations, mosques, schools, and even Muslim-owned “snack bars”. Despite a complete lack of evidence or judicial process, it did so by claiming “Muslim Brotherhood” affiliations.
Following France’s latest attacks against FEMYSO, the 34 civil society organisations are expressing solidarity with the youth-led Muslim civil rights organisation. The attacks began shortly after FEMYSO met with Helena Dalli, the EU Commissioner for Equality, to discuss the challenges experienced by young Muslims in Europe.
Karen Taylor, Chair of the ENAR Board, said: “The actions carried out by the French government … not only contradict the EU’s values of equality, diversity, democracy, and disregard the rule of law, but are also deeply divisive and dangerous for society.”
France is using Muslim Brotherhood conspiracy theories as its boogeyman to attack organisations that defend human rights. Muslims, who are already heavily discriminated in France, are further demonised, and those that organise to denounce this are targeted. Organisations such as Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and Ligue des Droits de l’Homme have already called out France’s discriminatory policies on multiple occasions.
Two weeks ago, France pushed its weight against the Council of Europe for the publication of a campaign focused on discrimination against Muslim women wearing headscarves. The same pressure is now applied on the European Commission.
The Czech Helsinki Committee, along with other ENAR members, is therefore, in the words of Karen Taylor, calling on European Leaders to recognise this urgent threat and firmly condemn this approach now before it’s too late.
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