Closing Statement of the 1st General Assembly of FIOE

The First General Assembly in the Tenth Executive Term of the Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe was convened—by the grace and blessing of Allah—in the period 6-9 February 2014 (5-8 Rabi’ al-Thani 1435AH) with the participation of the Federation leadership and representatives of member organisations from the majority of European states.

At the close of the Ninth Executive Term, the General Assembly discussed and subsequently approved the narrative report presented by the Executive Office for the concluded Term, and expressed appreciation for the performance of the Executive Office over the four years. The Assembly thanked the Federation leadership in the previous Term for their efforts, valuing their work in advancing the work of Executive Office, Federation Departments, and member organisations.

Elections for the post of Federation President were conducted, and Mr Abdallah Benmansour was elected as new President of the Federation. He succeeded Mr Chakib Benmakhlouf, whose term of leadership of the Federation ended after completing two consecutive executive terms.

The General Assembly then proceeded to ballot in selecting the elected members of the Shura Council for the 10th Term. Nine leaders, among them three women, were chosen as members of the Shura Council, in addition to the Presidents of the member organisations.

Furthermore, the Assembly deliberated over the horizons of Federation work in the forthcoming executive term (2014 – 2018), in the hope that the achievements of the previous term would provide impetus to greater development in efforts and positive initiatives.

The Assembly also discussed the situation in Europe and the affairs of Muslims on the Continent, along with related concerns and issues. It reflected on current developments in European affairs, and the preoccupations of Europe’s Muslims; these included issues relating to women and youth, and social and human rights, as well as affairs of Muslims around the world.

The Assembly examined the means to widening cooperation and coordination in Europe, and promoting stronger participation in societal dialogue. The Assembly emphasised the importance of developing human resources, as well as the capacity of the Federation and its institutions, in harmony with its aspirations of contributing to social peace and mutual understanding.

At the close of proceedings, the General Assembly articulated the following positions and directives:

1. The Assembly calls upon Muslims in Europe to adhere to the principles and teachings of Islam, propagate noble manners and positive outreach, and promote the spirit of compassion and tolerance. The Assembly greatly values the burgeoning efforts by Europe’s Muslims to embody good citizenship and positive examples, and their growing contribution to the service and prosperity of European societies. The Assembly invites Muslims and Islamic organisations in Europe to further develop efforts of cooperation and coordination in various areas, while reinforcing effective outreach and constructive partnership with societal constituents.

2. The Assembly draws attention to the need to address the social dimensions of the financial crisis, and the required solidarity and mutual support among social constituents in confronting this challenge. Moreover, it urges Islamic organisations in Europe to cooperate with partners in European citizenship to tackle the consequent levels of poverty, unemployment, and social distress.

3. The Assembly encourages Europe’s Muslims to participate effectively in European Parliament elections to be held this year, to have a positive presence in the various aspects of public life, and to interact with the multiple election rounds, locally, nationally, and Europe-wide. The Assembly also warns against the phenomenon of incitement against Muslims in the fever of election competition, whether in campaigns, positions, or statements that are reckless and stir hatred.

4. The Assembly calls for positive solutions and actions that take account of the specificities of Muslim European citizens, and their needs within the general space of citizenship, and in line with fundamental constitutional rights. The Assembly also warns against trends that work at creating division in society, spreading hate, racism, and Islamophobia, as well as overturning the principles of equal opportunities and mutual respect.

5. The Assembly condemns the recurring attacks and abuse directed against mosques, Islamic centres, and Muslim cemeteries in some European towns and cities, as well as the different forms of material and verbal abuse of Muslims on a backdrop of hate and incitement. These odious acts target society as a whole, and undermine social peace, religious freedom, cultural diversity, and human dignity.

6. The Assembly feels the tragedy of those fleeing to Europe from conditions of tyranny and crisis in areas neighbouring Europe, in search of safe haven, risking their lives in crossing the sea. The Assembly urges Europe’s Muslims and their organisations to provide moral support for these newcomers to Europe, and to coordinate efforts with the relevant authorities and humanitarian organisations in the area of relief.

7. The Assembly is disturbed at the level of eavesdropping and surveillance on individuals, the intrusion on personal space and spying on private matters; it considers this a violation of the personal rights of the general citizen occurring without deterrent. The Assembly urges its partners in civil society to reject this excess in the approach to spying on communities, eminent public figures, state leaders and governments, as was revealed recently in reports and leaks.

8. The Assembly follows with great concern the impunity of the authorities of the Israeli Occupation in their grave transgressions against the Noble Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the escalating violations of the City of Jerusalem. The Assembly also expresses its concern regarding the tightening of the strangling blockade imposed on almost 2 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, the ever-present threat to its inhabitants of military attack, the expansion in illegal construction of settlements in the West Bank, and the impunity in violating the rights of the Palestinian people.

9. The Assembly renews its solidarity with the Syrian people, who remain committed to their legitimate demands of liberty, democratic change, and end to dictatorship, despite the massacres and horrors perpetrated by the ruling regime and its machine of repression. The Assembly expresses its strongest condemnation of the on-going terrorisation of the Syrian people, and urges the development of efforts in supporting this just cause on the civil, media, political, and relief levels.

10. The Assembly condemns the military dictatorship in Egypt, which is extinguishing the aspirations for democratic change and transparent public participation. The Assembly calls attention to the horrific massacres, violations, and campaigns of terrorising the public and unjust detention, which the authorities of the military coup continue to commit against the Egyptian people and peaceful protesters. The Assembly demands clear and explicit European positions towards regimes practising repression and tyranny, and the on-going injustices, and grave violations of freedoms and human rights.

11. The Assembly draws attention to the continuing excesses of authorities in Bangladesh in issuing and executing unjust death sentences against political opponents, prominent academics, and religious figures. The Assembly considers this a grave development that must be condemned and censured.

12. The Assembly congratulates the Tunisian people on the huge achievement of ratifying the first constitution of the country in the era of freedom and democracy; this represents an important positive indicator at the level of the Arab and Islamic world. The Assembly hopes that the other countries that had witnessed democratic change are able to overcome the difficulties they face, and to achieve freedom, dignity, stability, and comprehensive development for their people.

Finally, all praise and blessings are to Allah, Lord of all creation.

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE)

General Assembly

FIOE expresses its sadness for the victims of the incidents in Kiev, and urges self restraint

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe expresses its deep sadness for the loss of life and injuries during confrontations in the squares of the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, over the past few days, and urges all parties to exercise self restraint, avoid violence, and commit to respect for human rights.

The Federation voices concern regarding these unfortunate events, marked by violence and loss of life, and expresses its sincere condolences to the families of the victims, and its wishes for the speedy recovery of those injured.

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe—as it shares with the Ukrainian people their concern over current developments—is confident in the ability of the country and its people to overcome the current crisis, and make the transition to a future of prosperity and adherence to the values of liberty, democracy, and social peace.

Brussels, 21 February 2014

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe

FIOE: Ethnic cleansing of Muslims in CAR is a test for the entire world

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe condemns the bloody sectarian attacks witnessed in the Central African Republic, considering this an extremely serious form of ethnic cleansing against the country’s Muslim citizens, which represents a test for the entire international community.

The Federation follows with increased concern the continuing reports indicating the seriousness of the bloody massacres, and ethnic cleansing of Muslims through genocidal methods. So far, this has led to the forced mass displacement of Muslims from the capital, Bangui, along with extensive waves of Muslims fleeing from other parts of the Central African Republic, and seeking refuge in neighbouring countries.

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe expresses solidarity with the Muslims in the Central African Republic during this horrific trial, and feels for the suffering of women, children, the elderly and the infirm in these intimidating circumstances that are tearing apart the country’s social fabric.

The Federation emphasises the responsibility falling on the authorities in charge of the country, the French and African peacekeeping forces, and the entire international community for the protection of all citizens, and safeguarding their lives, as well as taking measures and actions to ensure an end to the massacres, and a halt to the violations against Muslims in the country, as well as creating the conditions for peaceful coexistence between the diverse constituents of the population.

The Federation also points to the importance of initiating the process of criminal accountability for these grave violations that cannot be allowed to continue in the world of today, through documentation and then prosecution. The Federation also urges the provision of emergency relief and help to those affected by this tragedy, especially with the increasing numbers of those displaced by the continuing violations.

Brussels, 21 February 2014

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe

Close of proceedings of FIOE General Assembly in Istanbul

The First General Assembly in the Tenth Executive Term of the Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe was convened in the period 6-9 February 2014 with the participation of the Federation leadership and representatives of member organisations from the majority of European states.

At the close of the Ninth Executive Term, the General Assembly discussed and subsequently approved the narrative report presented by the Executive Office for the concluded Term, and expressed appreciation for the performance of the Executive Office over the four years. The Assembly thanked the Federation leadership in the previous Term for their efforts, valuing their work in advancing the work of Executive Office, Federation Departments, and member organisations.

Elections for the post of Federation President were conducted, and Mr Abdallah Benmansour was elected as new President of the Federation. He succeeded Mr Chakib Benmakhlouf, whose term of leadership of the Federation ended after completing two consecutive executive terms.

The General Assembly then proceeded to ballot in selecting the elected members of the Shura Council for the 10th Term. Nine leaders, among them three women, were chosen as members of the Shura Council, in addition to the Presidents of the member organisations.

Furthermore, the Assembly deliberated over the horizons of Federation work in the forthcoming executive term (2014 – 2018), in the hope that the achievements of the previous term would provide impetus to greater development in efforts and positive initiatives.

The Assembly also discussed the situation in Europe and the affairs of Muslims on the Continent, along with related concerns and issues. It reflected on current developments in European affairs, and the preoccupations of Europe’s Muslims; these included issues relating to women and youth, and social and human rights, as well as affairs of Muslims around the world.

The Assembly examined the means to widening cooperation and coordination in Europe, and promoting stronger participation in societal dialogue. The Assembly emphasised the importance of developing human resources, as well as the capacity of the Federation and its institutions, in harmony with its aspirations of contributing to social peace and mutual understanding.

Election of Mr Benmansour as new President of FIOE

Election of Mr Abdallah Benmansour as new President of the Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE)

The General Meeting of the Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe has elected Mr Abdallah Benmansour as new President of the Federation. He succeeds Mr Chakuib Benmakhlouf, whose term of leadership of the Federation ended after completing two executive terms.

Mr Abdallah Benmansour from France has previously occupied a number of leadership posts in the Federation Shura Council and Executive Office in several executive terms. He also previously held the post of Secretary-General of the Union of Islamic Organisations in France (UOIF), and has long experience in the area of institutional work on the European scene. Mr Abdallah Benmansour has made diverse contributions in the areas of inter-civilisational communication and media and public relations, and has participated in many public meetings, and workshops of intellectual nature, as well as dialogues with the youth.

Convened from 6-8 February in Istanbul, the First General Meeting in the 10th Executive Term of the Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe held elections, and also approved the narrative report for the Executive Office at the end of the Ninth Term. The Constitution and Byelaws of the Federation stipulate a maximum time in office for the Federation President of two consecutive terms, each of four years duration.

Following the balloting process among several candidates, as proposed by the General Meeting, Mr Chakuib Benmakhlouf, ending his second term in office, expressed his hope and supplication to Allah, the Almighty, to grant success to the new Federation President in bearing the responsibility of leadership. In turn, Mr Abdallah Benmansour expressed his appreciation for the efforts exerted by the Executive Office in the previous term, pledging to continue development in the trajectory of the Federation, and striving to achieve new successes and gains for Europe’s Muslims, while reinforcing communication and cooperation with civil society.

The General Meeting proceeded to elect members of the Shura Council for the 10th Term, and chose nine leaders, among them three women. The governing rules of the Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe stipulate that the Shura Council is formed of elected members, in addition to the Presidents of the member organisations from around the European continent.

Proceedings of the First General Meeting of the 10th Executive Term

The proceedings of the First General Meeting in the 10th Executive Term of the Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe, held in Istanbul,  were concluded on Sunday 9 February, with participation of the Federation leadership and representatives of member organisations from the majority of European states.

Over the course of four days, the Meeting deliberated on the horizons of Federation work in the the forthcoming executive term (2014 – 2018), in the hope that the achievements of the previous term provide impetus to greater development in efforts and positive initiatives. The Meeting discussed the situation in Europe and the affairs of Muslims on the continent, along with related concerns and issues. It reflected on current developments in European affairs, and the preoccupations of Europe’s Muslims; these included issues relating to women and youth, and social and human rights, as well as affairs of Muslims around the world.

The Meeting discussed the means to widening the circle of cooperation and coordination in Europe, along with strengthening participation in societal dialogue. The Meeting emphasised the importance of developing human resources, and the capacity of the Federation and its institutions, in harmony with its aspirations of contributing to social peace and mutual understanding.