The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE) received with astonishment the decision by the United Arab Emirates’ Council of Ministers to put the Federation and a number of respected associations and organisations on a so-called “terror list”.
The Federation deplores in the strongest terms the inclusion of its name and that of European and professional organisations in the frame of such damaging accusations, which it considers to be clearly unfair and unacceptable.
The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe as it denounces and rejects this step—that cannot be understood or justified—points to its illogical nature, in involving Europe’s Muslims in uncalled for disputes, and as an insult to those states that have granted legal status to the Federation and the other associations.
This astonishing decision is severely damaging to the Emirates state, and is a break with the tradition of engagement and openness that were strongly pursued by the state’s founder, the late esteemed Shaykh Zayid bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, as well as the Federation, Europe’s Muslims, and their organisations.
Moreover, the Federation points to the relationship of positive engagement that have seen it, and many organisations representing Europe’s Muslims, share a common platform with the United Arab Emirates over a lengthy period of time, particularly as an umbrella European Islamic organisation, which includes organisations from around the continent in its membership.
The Federation draws attention to the danger inherent in rewarding violent, extremist, armed organisations by placing them on the same list alongside associations, and social, cultural, scientific, and humanitarian organisations, with well-known stances of moderation. This is a wrong message that rewards extremism and defames moderation.
Indeed, vilifying civil society organisations that are committed to peace and the values of citizenship, liberty, mutual understanding is unacceptable behaviour.
The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe and its member organisations, as always, remain committed to its well-known approach of moderation as dictated by noble Islamic teachings, and adhering to human values and principles, and European laws.
Brussels, 16 November 2014
The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe