Author Archive of Lokman

Attaques terroristes à Paris

Communiqué de Presse Attaques terroristes à Paris Strasbourg, 15/11/2015 L'EMISCO, qui est un rassemblement de chercheurs, de travailleurs communautaires et d'ONG issus de diverses communautés musulmanes en Europe est profondément troublé et attristé par les lâches attentats terroristes qui ont eu lieu dans le centre de la capitale française dans la soirée du 14 Novembre 2015. Ces actes barbares qui ont entraînés la mort tragique de 132

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Press Release on Paris attacks

EMISCO, which is a gathering of scholars, community workers and NGOs from various Muslim communities in Europe is deeply disturbed and saddened at the cowardly terrorist attacks that took place in the centre of the French capital, Paris in the evening of 14th November 2015. These barbaric acts that resulted in the tragic death of 132 innocent civilian and nearly 350 badly injured is an incident that is not only against the French nation but also

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A new inclusive and optimistic Europe: celebrating and learning from good inter-cultural practice

International Symposium  A new inclusive and optimistic Europe: celebrating and learning from good inter-cultural practice Europe has been a continent of varying fortunes throughout its history. Democracy, humanism, the flourishing of arts and technology, and the constant flow of people have shaped it as much as the long register of upheavals and dark moments - conflicts, wars, revolutions, catastrophic loss of human life. It was after the horrible

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PRESS RELEASE-Damage to a Muslim Graveyard in Copenhagen

Extensive damage to a Muslim Graveyard in Copenhagen suburbs. Police called it a “Youth mischief” while top politicians are totally silent. On the night of 5/6th June 2015, unknown persons entered the only graveyard for Muslim communities situated in Copenhagen suburbs and vandalized nearly 100 graves, smashed headstones and threw the marble pieces around the burial site. It comes after a period of attacks on women with headscarf, vandalism against

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PRESS RELEASE – Mahinur Ozdemir’s case in Belgium

Strasbourg, 04/06/2015 How Mrs. Mahinur Ozdemir- a Member of Brussels Parliament – became the target of the current stigmatisation trend against ethnic and cultural minorities and anti-Islam forces in Belgian politics? In various EU countries, many young men and women of migrant background have joined political parties, won elections and became role models for the Muslim youth. Belgium until recently had a relatively good example of this inclusiveness.

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Press Release: Hate incident in Strasbourg Airport

 Strasbourg, Le 10 Mars 2015 At the same moment when we are celebrating International Women's Day, we are also witnessing an ever stronger discrimination against women, for whom the conditions are not improving in reality. In the current climate of Islamophobia that runs the risk of becoming institutionalised, Muslim women - and especially those whose religious affiliation is visible through their clothing choices - remain an easy target for denigration,

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Freedom of Expression – Rokhaya Diallo’s case in France

PRESS RELEASE Freedom of Expression - Rokhaya Diallo's case in France Freedom without exclusions, dialogue without censorship In the wake of the murderous attacks in Paris and Copenhagen European politicians and public opinion united in the strongest condemnation of violence and in defence of the fundamental right to freedom of expression. The recognition of how important freedom is for European societies involves profound respect for different opinions,

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Symposium on Radicalization of Youth within the context of social exclusion and Islamophobia

Many European countries have large and growing Muslim communities and minorities. This is particularly true for the countries of Western Europe that have experienced influxes of Muslim immigrants over the last several decades from a variety of Middle Eastern, African, and Asian countries, as well as Turkey and the Balkans. Today, although some Muslims in Europe are recent immigrants, others are second- or third-generation Europeans. While expanding

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An attack on Charlie Hebdo is against humanity

The sad news of the horrible attack by gunmen on the Paris offices of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 and injuring another seven has been strongly and universally condemned. EMISCO -The European Muslim Initiative for Social Cohesion joins other heartbroken people to raise our voice against such this senseless incident and extend our heartfelt condolences’ to the families of the victims and the injured. We also wish to convey our

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MODELS OF LIVING TOGETHER AND INTERCULTURAL UNDERSTANDING

Inter-Religious Mutual Comprehension MODELS OF LIVING TOGETHER AND INTERCULTURAL UNDERSTANDING During more than half century, most European States have moved from nation states to economic co-operation and now in to a socio-political Union of countries. During this time, European entity has received guest workers, refugees and highly qualifies workers from outside the borders of Europe. Their presence has benefited many West European, not only as

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