On 18th of December 2010, participants from various countries gathered in The Hague, in The Netherlands, to discuss the idea of creating a vibrant network with the involvement and support of other similar-minded stakeholders. Their belief was that a fuller and better participation of Muslim communities in the societies in which they live requires a new thinking, extra resources and closer cooperation through an in-depth consultation process. It was also mentioned at the meeting that an active participation of Muslim minorities in all spheres of their new homes would make true mutual integration possible, where sense of belonging and judicial protection would be facilitated. A decision was taken to call the new organization European Muslim Initiative for Social Cohesion – EMISCO. The initiative is an independent, non-religious, non-party political and non-governmental body.
EMISCO organizes events that deal with human rights issues such as anti-Muslim hate crimes, racism, and minority rights and takes a proactive approach to promoting social cohesion.
EMISCO has the support of and works in partnership with civil society organisations dealing with human rights issues such as European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC), EU Fundamental Rights Agency, ODIHR, ENAR, CEJI, UNIW, Fair International, ThinkOut and the International University of Sarajevo.
|Lord Nazir AHMED||Chair||England|
|Mr. Bashy QURAISHY||Secretary General||Denmark|
|Mrs. Humeyra FILIZ||Treasurer and Coordinator||France|
|Amb. Ömür ORHUN||Assessor and Member of the Executive Bureau||Turkey|
|Prof. Bülent SENAY||Assessor||Turkey|
|Mr. Tarafa BAGHAJATI||Assessor||Austria|
|Dr. Suleyman BAKI||Assessor||Macedonia|
|Mrs. Pervin CHAIROULA||Assessor||Greece|
|Mrs. Ediba RIZVANBEGOVIC||Assessor||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|Mr Yasser LOUATI||Assessor||France|
|Mr. Zaheer AHMAD||Assessor||UK|
|Mrs. Rukhsana YAQOOB||Assessor||UK|
|Mrs. Rokhaya DIALLO||Assessor||France|
|Prof. Aristotle KALLIS||Assessor||UK|
|Mr. Fatih FILIZ||Director of Youth||France|
|Mr. Doudou DIENE||Honorary Chair||France|
Number of members: 1801 (04/12/2016)
|Austria||Belgium||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Bulgaria||Denmark||France||Georgia||Germany||Greece||Russian Federation||Switzerland||Turkey||United Kingdom||“The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”|
|Africa||Central Asia||Middle East|