FIOE Condemns Christchurch Terrorist Attack

FIOE Condemns Christchurch Terrorist Attack

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE) expresses its deepest sympathies and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrorist shootings at two Christchurch mosques in New Zealand.

It is utterly shocking to have woken up to the tragic news that 49 worshipers were senselessly killed and many more wounded, as they were preparing to perform Friday prayers.

The FIOE, as a representative body for hundreds of Muslim organisations across Europe condemns this heinous terrorist act in the strongest possible terms.

It has become imperative that decision makers, civil society organisations and legal and human rights advocates in Europe come together to unite their efforts against the scourges of racism and anti-Muslim hatred.

Such evil tendencies are often led by far-right extremist parties but are backed, deliberately or otherwise by an environment of anti-Muslim sentiments, rhetoric and policies. Islamophobia can only be combatted when all components of European societies mobilize in solidarity against this and all forms of racism and discrimination.

Furthermore, the FIOE calls on all European state authorities to redouble their efforts when it comes to introducing legislation that will criminalise Islamophobic practices in all their forms.

Today, Muslims across Europe pray for the victims of this terrorist act, for those who have had their lives taken, for the injured and the bereaved, and for all the citizens of Christchurch and indeed New Zealand, for solace, peace and safety to prevail.

Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe
15th March 2019

FIOE demand the release of one million Muslim detainees held in Chinese ideological camps

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE) expresses its shock over the growing number of reports of concentration camps where more than one million Muslims are being held by Chinese authorities with the explicit aim of imposing upon them certain belief systems and modes of behavior.

 

FIOE points out that these so-called “re-education camps” are in clear conflict with the basic notions of human dignity, freedom and fundamental rights, adding it is unfathomable that such camps should exist in this day and age.

 

As more reports confirm the existence of such camps and the admission of Chinese authorities that they do in fact exist, FIOE stresses that internment of approximately one million people from the western Xinjiang region as part of government efforts to coerce them into changing their belief systems and subscribe to a different set of ideological viewpoints, is nothing short of shocking.

 

FIOE expresses its deep concern at the intolerable suffering endured by these detainees and the plight of their families who have lost dear ones to these camps, which is testimony to how much damage these human rights violations can wreak on the lives of detainees and their loved ones.

 

FIOE expresses its solidarity with the detainees and their families and calls upon the Chinese authorities to put an immediate end to these inhumane practices and forms of cultural oppression by closing down these camps and to release all the detainees. There is no doubt that such a case requires swift and serious action by the international community, including the European Union and its member States, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and its member States, to criminalize the policy of collective arrest in ideological camps, put an immediate halt to these practices and launch an international investigation into such atrocities.

 

Brussels, October 31, 2018

Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe

Press statement on Quebec City mosque terrorist attack – Canada:

FIOE: We Strongly Condemn the Terrorist Attack on Quebec City Mosque. Targeting Peaceful Sanctuary-Goers is a Violation of All Human Values

It is with deep sadness and sorrow that the Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE), heard of the terror attack perpetrated on Monday (30 January 2017), against the Quebec City Islamic Cultural Centre, in the Sainte-Foy neighbourhood, Canada, where 6 innocent persons were killed, around 10 injured, and other peaceful mosque-goers were intimidated.

FIOE denounces this terrorist attack in the strongest terms possible, and condemns its base motives that violate the human lives, and attempt to spread hatred by desecrating the houses of worship, which would leave a significant range of citizens emotionally agitated.  In the same context, FIOE calls upon all components of the Canadian society to stand united against discrimination of any kind as to race or religionin a country, which is well-known of its public culture of tolerance. Additionally, FIOE stresses the importance of defending social stability, cohesion, and protecting fundamental human values in order to face such growing despicable attacks against the entire society.

We, as FIOE, value the balanced and responsible approach of the Canadian government on such heinous assault and its repercussions. Certainly, FIOE affirms its solidarity with the Canadian people, especially with the Muslims of Quebec City and other areas, in this time of sorrow, conveys deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the innocent victims, shares thoughts with them in their devastating loss, and wishes the injured a speedy recovery.

Brussels, January 30, 2017

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe

FIOE: we strongly comdemn the terrorist attack on coptic cathedral in Cairo

Press statement:

FIOE: WE STRONGLY CONDEMN THE TERRORIST ATTACK ON COPTIC CATHEDRAL IN CAIRO.

TARGETING SANCTUARIES IS A VIOLATION OF ALL RELIGIOUS AND HUMAN VALUES

 

We, as the Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE), were deeply saddened to hear of the terror attack perpetrated on Sunday (11 December 2016), against the Coptic Cathedral in Cairo, Egypt, where 23 were killed, around 50 injured, and mostly women and children among the churchgoers were intimidated. Confirming its principled position that terrorism has no religion, FIOE denounces this horrendous attack in the strongest terms possible. Indeed, suchatrocities which violate the human lives, attempt to undermine security and terrorize communities, must be condemns.

In the same context, FIOE calls upon all components of the Egyptian society to stand united against any ventures seeking to divide them and spread communal hatred among fellow citizens, in a society that never allowed sectarianism or any kind of discrimination throughout its prolonged history. FIOE also stresses the importance of concertedsincere efforts seeking social stability and cohesion to face suchdespicable attacks against the entire society.

FIOE reaffirms solidarity with the Egyptian people, and especially with the Coptic Church, in this time of sorrow, conveys deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the innocent victims, sharesthoughts with them in their devastating loss, and wishes the injured a speedy recovery.

Brussels, December 12, 2016

Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe

“FIOE” denounces the heinous terror attacks in Istanbul

Press Statement:

“FIOE” DENOUNCES THE HEINOUS TERROR ATTACKS IN ISTANBUL

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE) denounces the heinous terrorist attacks, witnessed by the Istanbul city centre on Saturday evening (10, December 2016), and resulting in dozens of victims from police officers and civilians alike.

FIOE expresses solidarity with the Turkish people in such calamity, and reaffirms its confidence in Turkey’s ability to overcome such desperate attempts to affect its security and stability, and that it will continue the progress towards prosperity, defending democracy and the rule of law despite all the risks and challenges.

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe expresses its deep condolences to the Turkish people, government, as well as to the families of the innocent victims of such brutal attack, and prays for the injured to get a speedy recovery.

Brussels, December 11, 2016

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe

Final Statement of the 7th Shura Council, in the 10th Term (FIOE)

In the name of Allah, the Merciful, the Beneficent

Final Statement of the 7thShura Council, in the 10th Term of

the Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE)

Sarajevo, 29-31 October, 2016CE / 26-29 Muharram, 1438AH

With the grace of Allah, the Almighty, the Shura Council in its 10th term of the Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE) held its 7thassembly on 29th – 31st October, 2016 CE 26th – 29th Muharram, 1438 AH, in Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with the participation of the FIOE leadership as well as representatives of the European member organisations.

The Shura Council was briefed on the operation of the Executive Office, in accordance with the adopted general plan for the 10th term (2014 – 2018), and acknowledged their report. In the same context, the Council discussed different approaches and tools for supporting institutional development, in order to advance the momentum of FIOE as well as member organisations, and elevate their important roles in serving their respective societies.

In addition, the Council met with the Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Mashyakha), and a number of civil society organisations. The Council’s members praised the vital role played by the (Mashyakha) as a religious authority, and valued the distinct experience of co-existence, in the light of religious and ethnic pluralism within Bosnian society. Moreover, the two parties exchanged views on possible ways of coordination and promoting collaboration on issues of common interest at the European level.

During its assembly, the Council studied the prospects of managerial reform, in addition to the options for development of the organisational structure on FIOE central level as well as the member organisations. It also considered the ways of furthering the efficiency, and the means of promoting multiple responsibilities within FIOE work areas, with due effective strategies on the local, regional and continental levels in Europe. In this regard, the Council further stressed the importance of the presence of women in leadership boards and councils of Islamic institutions, coupled with generating opportunities to empower youth, and encourage their positive participation, to achieve the desired success both professionally and socially.

The attendance discussed the current status and recent developments in Europe, and their impact on Muslims. Such issues include the dangers of heightened racial hatred, and attacks against mosques, Islamic centres and other facilities. In the same context, the Council reviewed some surveys and relevant research before concluding a number of important decisions and recommendations, which are mainly centred on the optimal mechanisms to interact with such challenges. The Council gave emphasis to unconditionally renouncing racism and stressed the importance of collaboration against the increasing ban and exclusion culture, by promoting shared human values, defending religious freedom, equality and equal opportunities.

The Council commended the efforts of Islamic foundations in promoting religious awareness among Muslims, in an attempt to protect them from the dangers of extremism and fanaticism that tear the fabric of society; and in turn threaten its security and social stability. Likewise, the Council called upon Muslims of Europe to advance their social constructive participation, strengthen effective communication with all genuine parties, and enhance cooperation and coordination with civil society organisations in various fields. This trend is in pursuance of FIOE’s established mission, i.e. “promoting Islam, supporting Muslims of Europe, helping them to practice religious duties, and actively participate in various aspects of life, within a centric framework of understanding together with a reform-renewal approach”, in addition to the consequent strategic goals indicated in the newly developed vision.

On another note, the Council reviewed a number of external issues and assessed their expected impact in the European context. The delegates expressed concern about the deteriorating situation in a number of Arab and Muslim countries, the spread of unrest, and widening conflict that fuels hatred and extremism, warning of the danger of these developments on the security of peoples, the coexistence of communities and their aspirations in freedom and prosperity. The Council calls for the respect of human rights, work to achieve stability, and strive to develop cooperation in the framework of human values and commonalities.

The Shura Council expresses solidarity with the people of Italy and their government in the aftermath of the earthquake that hit central and southern Italy causing massive damage and exodus from the affected areas. FIOE calls upon all member organisations, civil society and humanitarian institutions in Europe to provide all assistance possible to those affected by the disaster.

Finally, the Council thanked the participating parties in Bosnia, especially the host organisation, for all the arrangements and for providing all the services that facilitated the Council’s meeting.

Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe

Shura Council

FIOE: We stand united with St-Etienne-du-Rouvray church, as attacking sanctuaries is a violation of all religious and human values

Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe: We stand united with St-Etienne-du-Rouvray church, as attacking sanctuaries is a violation of all religious and human values

Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE) denounces, in the strongest terms possible, the terror attack perpetrated on Tuesday, 26 July 2016, against the church of Saint Etienne-du-Rouvray, in a suburb of Rouen in northern France, where a priest has been killed, others injured, and churchgoers intimidated. FIOE stands united with the Catholic Church in this time of sorrow, confirming its principled position that violence and terrorism have no religion, and facing such despicable threats requires concerted efforts of the entire society. Therefore, all components and living forces of the society are summoned to stand united against the attempts to spread division and communal hatred.
In the same context, FIOE expresses its deep concern at the recent violent developments in Germany and France, besides the political and media discourse, which disregards the fact that Muslims are also victims of these attacks. This insensitive approach in handling the situation does not serve, by any means, the coherence of our European societies in facing terror threats and criminal attacks that target all of us without distinction. FIOE reaffirms solidarity with the people of France in this painful situation, conveys deepest sympathy and condolences to the victims and their families, and wishes the injured a speedy recovery.
Brussels, July 26, 2016
Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe

FIOE strongly condemns Munich criminal attack

All anxiously, Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE) is following, with deep sorrow, the tragic shooting in Munich, perpetrated this evening (Friday, 22 July 2016) and resulted in a number of victims. FIOE, unconditionally, deplores in the strongest of terms this senseless heinous crime, expressing solidarity with the German people in the face of such cruel attacks against innocent people.
In the same context, FIOE confirms its confidence in the strong cohesion of the entire German society, and emphasizes the need for restraint in such critical moments. In this painful tragedy, Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe expresses heartfelt condolences to the families of innocent victims, share thoughts with them, and wishes a speedy recovery for the injured.
Brussels, July 22, 2016
Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe

FIOE pays tribute to the pro-democratic attitude of turkish people, and condemns atteped military coup

Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE) stands in full solidarity with the noble Turkish people and their democratically elected government. Further, FIOE condemns in the strongest terms possible the malicious coup attempt against people’s free will, and trying to undermine the constitutional bodies in such pivotal country for the stability of the region and the world.
FIOE also salute the steadfastness of all components of the Turkish population, the variant civil and political forces that united in the night of honour, in the face of the brutal coup. This significant position is an inspiring lesson that confirms a deep awareness and adherence to the value of freedom among the masses and elites alike. As the peoples who have enjoyed the taste of freedom, given their lives to pave the path of dignity, and built the State of institutions and the authority of law, cannot abandon these achievements, no matter what the pretexts given by the conspirators against the future generations.
Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe extends condolences to the families of victims, and the brave soldiers who sided with their own people, wishes a speedy recovery for the injured, and hopes for stability and sustainable progress in Turkey.
Brussels, July 16, 2016
Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe

FIOE: What happend in Nice is a terrible crime against humanity

Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe (FIOE) has followed, with deep sorrow, the tragedy that took place in Nice, Thursday night (14 July 2016), and expressed solidarity with the French people in the face of that criminal act, causing large numbers of innocent victims from various religious and ethnic backgrounds.
The seriousness of such heinous mass killing crime, which targeted innocent people on a symbolic day for the French nation, reaffirms the importance of solidarity and community cohesion to prevail over the despicable threats, targeting the morale of the entire spectrum of French people, and attempting to spread panic and disunity among its integral component.
Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe stands united with Nice as well as the French people in this painful tragedy, expresses heartfelt condolences to the families of innocent victims, and wishes a speedy recovery for the injured.
Brussels, July 15, 2016 the
Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe