Islamophobia Conference 2020 – The Attacks on Civil, Human and Political Rights for Muslims in Europe

Join IHRC, SACC and DIN (Decolonial International Network) for the seventh annual Islamophobia Conference: The Attacks on Civil, Human and Political Rights for Muslims in Europe.

WHEN: Sunday, 13 December 2020

TIME: 18.00-20.30 Paris time / 17.00-19.30 UK time

WHERE: Facebook, YouTube and www.ihrc.tv

About the conference:

In 2011 the British government introduced the Prevent Policy that aims to prevent young people to get attracted to radical ideologies, especially radical Islam. The instruments of the government is surveillance  of Muslim youth in schools, universities, mosques and the health system and repression (arrest, interrogation, imprisonment).

In France Macron is reportedly proposing to set up a system of registration and monitoring of Muslim Youth, like Hitler had setup in Germany for the Jews. Muslim leaders are required to sign a declaration that states that Islam is a religion and not a political movement. Muslim parent who complain about Islamophobic caricatures that are show to their children in the classroom are committing a criminal offence and can be deported from the country. Publishing images of police violence will be a criminal offence.

Austria want to ban political Islam by law. People convicted for violating this law could be imprisoned for life of if they are released earlier they could be subjected to electronic surveillance after being released. Associations and mosques that are suspected of adhering to political Islam will be shut down. A central register of imams will be created.

All across Europe there are increased attacks on the civil and human rights of Muslims by governments and are indications of the rise of police states in Europe. This puts important questions on the agenda:

There are two sets of questions we will deal with in the webinar:

Bloc 1: political Islam

  1. What is political Islam? 
  2. Who is defining it? 
  3. Is it a single monolithic idea or a plurality of views? 
  4. Is attacking political Islam a means of shutting down dissenting voices among Muslims?
  5. What is the meaning of political Islam in comparison with political actions based on other ideologies such as Christianity, Judaism, Liberalism, Socialism?
  6. How do Islamic sources articulate political actions of Muslims compared to the sources of other ideologies?

Bloc 2: civil rights, human rights and the rise of fascism in Europe

  1. What is the role of zionism in the depoliticisation of Muslims?
  2. How is anti-semitism used by national and EU governments to silence Muslims and their organisations?
  3. What is the relationship between civil liberties such as freedom of speech and political rights of Muslims in Europe? 
  4. How will the repression of civil liberties and human rights in Europe effect the position of Muslims and non-Muslims?
  5. How can we fight the rise of the police state in Europe?

Confirmed speakers:

  • Mohamed Al-Asi
  • Amanj Aziz
  • Houria Bouteldja
  • Abed Choudhury
  • Ramón Grosfoguel
  • Sheher Khan
  • Massoud Shadjareh

This event will be chaired by Sandew Hira and Nargess Moballeghi.

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