Muslims activists from 26 European countries have come together to launch the first rights association to enlighten European Muslims about their rights, monitor rising Islamophobia and defend Muslim rights in European courts of law.H/T Esther, emphases mine - KV
"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 (sic) that we need this new association, especially that all laws and constitutions in Europe respect freedom of religion and oppose all forms of discrimination and racism."
The Association for European Muslims Rights was launched Sunday, December 20, in the Belgian capital Brussels. (...)
The association would include four committees for violations monitoring, media outreach, governmental liaison and financial issues.
"We are now seeking to register the association with European countries and the European Union," Abu Shwaima. (...)
"The association 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." (...)
"The association will also monitor violations of Muslims' rights in view of rising Islamophobia in Europe," says Abu Shwaima.
"It intends to use the media to defend Muslim rights as well as highlight Muslim contributions to European societies in the cultural, economic and sports fields."
The association also plans to take Muslim grievances to European courts of law through a group of lawyers and legal experts.
"We will coordinate and cooperate with EU organizations, especially those that people can resort to when authorities in their own countries fail to protect their rights," says Abu Shwaima.
He noted that Swiss Muslims, for example, can go to the European Court of Human Rights to challenge a blanket ban on the construction of mosque minarets in the Alpine country.
[UPDATE001] Well, isn't this a surprise: Muslim Brotherhood behind new Muslims Rights group.
Unsurprisingly, the new European Muslim Human Rights group announced on the IslamOnline site, is the brainchild of the FIOE (Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe), the umbrella group for the Muslim Brotherhood in Europe. The FIOE say they invited many experts in law and Muslim activists, but only 26 showed up. European media didn't pay much attention either.