Counter-Islamophobia Toolkit Launch – European Parliament

Counter-Islamophobia Toolkit Launch – European Parliament

Countering Islamophobia through the Use of Best Practice in Counter-Narratives in EU Member States: The Launch of Counter-Islamophobia Toolkit


Event Address: ASP Building, Room ASPA1E1

Date and Time: Wednesday, 26 September 2018 at 10:00

European Parliament-Brussels

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The Counter-Islamophobia Kit (CIK) project team is pleased to host the Counter Islamophobia Toolkit launch. At this event, experts from eight European Union member states (France, Germany, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Portugal, Greece and the UK) will present the results of our major counter-Islamophobia project Countering Islamophobia through the Use of Best Practice in Counter-Narratives in EU Member States.

This novel and pioneering two-year project is funded by the European Commission – Directorate of Justice and brings together academic and non-academic experts from across Europe. For further information see

This comprehensive research, is the largest of its kind in Europe, based on normative patterns of Islamophobia and effective counter-narratives to Islamophobia in each case. The project findings have inter alia documented shortcomings in the implementation and enforcement of anti-discrimination law and policies, looked at wider cultural narratives, the problems of media representation, as well as other laws, policies and institutional issues, and their intersections with Islamophobia and its diverse manifestations.  Crucially the project has spoken to practitioners in all fields in the eight countries to look at best practice, as well as recommendations for tackling all of the above within the member states and European levels.  This innovative research forms the basis of the ‘Counter-Islamophobia Kit’, containing key actionable messages to be conveyed to policy makers, national governments, professionals, civil society, the media and practitioners from across the EU

The launch event will include a panel discussion which will provide room for debate based on the Counter-Islamophobia Toolkit. The toolkit contains invaluable key messages for policy and decision makers in EU institutions and national governments to develop more effective and targeted policy and legal action. The project findings will be also essential for the civil society organisations and human rights professionals to advocate for the respect and the protection of fundamental rights.

The event is organised by CIK Project Team (and in particular the IHRC and the University of Leeds) in cooperation with the Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup (ARDI), the Green/EFA Group and the European Commission, and will be part of a day intensive program on the occasion of the European Day against Islamophobia.

Please regularly check the project website. The project is funded by the European Commission – Directorate of Justice.



Countering Islamophobia Toolkit

For the EU Member States

Hosted by Jean Lambert (Greens/EFA) in collaboration with ARDI Intergroup

Date: 26/09/2018

 Time: 10:00-:1200

Room: ASP A1E1

Introductory Remarks

10.00 – 10.05  Speech by Jean Lambert MEP, Co-President of ARDI

10.05 – 10.15: Prof. Ian Law, Professor of Racism and Ethnicity Studies, Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds


Panel 1: Country Presentations: UK, France, Belgium Germany

Moderator: Jean Lambert MEP

10.10 -10.45:  Ms. Arzu Merali, Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) Head of Research in the UK

Dr. Andrea Bila, IHRC Researcher on socio-political mobilisation of Muslim communities in France

Dr. Elsa Mescoli, Researcher at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Ethnic and Migration Studies (CEDEM), University of Liège, Belgium

Dr. Hassan Bousetta, Senior Research Associate at the National Fund for Scientific Research, Faculty of Social Science, CEDEM, University of Liège, Belgium

Dr Luis Manuel Hernández Aguilar, IHRC Researcher on Racism and Postcolonial Studies in Germany

10.45 – 10.50: Respondent: Sajjad Karim MEP, Birgit Sippel MEP (tbc)


Panel 2: Country Presentations: Portugal, Greece, Hungary, Czech Republic

10.50 – 10.55 Moderator: Wajid Khan MEP

10.55- 11.25: Dr Marta Araújo, Researcher at the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra, Portugal

Dr Matilda Chatzipanagiotou, Constitutional and Human Rights Lawyer and Researcher at the Alba Business School, Greece

Dr Zsuzsanna Vidra, Researcher at the Center for Policy Studies, Central European University, Hungary

Dr Karel Čada, Researcher at the Institute of Sociological Studies, Charles University, Czech Republic

11.25- 11.30:   Respondent: Ana Gomes MEP, Carlos Coelho MEP, (tbc)


Panel 3: Presentation of the Counter-Islamophobia Toolkit

Moderator:  Dermana Seta (ODHIR)

11.30-11.50    Dr Ilias Trispiotis, Lecturer in the School of Law, University of Leeds, UK

Dr Amina Easat-Daas, Counter-Islamophobia Kit Project Officer, Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds

Dermana Seta, Adviser on Combating Intolerance and Discrimination against Muslims (ODIHR)



Closing Remarks

11.50 – 12.00:  Prof. S. Sayyid, Professor of Social Theory and Decolonial Thought, Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds


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