On wednesday, 10th April 2013, a delegation of the European Muslim Union (EMU) visited the headquarters of the Organisation of Islamic Coorporation (OIC) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. In an informative exchange with Abdullah Alim, Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs of OIC, who is also OIC‘s special representative on Kashmir, and Mahdy Fathalla, Director General of Political Affairs, Former Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt, the EMU representatives informed the OIC dignitaries about the situation of the European Muslims and their communities.
Sulaiman Wilms, Chief Editor of Islamische Zeitung, Dr. Manfred Osten, Goethe Specialist
Weimar (EMU) – On 5th January 2013 the European Muslim Union, in cooperation with the Islamische Zeitung – Germany's leading Muslim publication – and the Al Farooq Mosque and Center, Dubai, extended an invitation to a well-attended seminar in Weimar. In addition to the very interesting and informative lecture there was a thematic tour through the heart of German culture followed by a lunch with participants at which there was a chance for the guests to interact. Afterwards the guests visited the home of the great European and free thinker Goethe at the close of the event.
(EMU) – The European Muslim Union continued its traditional annual gatherings this year in Rotterdam, Holland. From 14th to the 16th of September, EMU members, cooperation partners, associates, delegates and local Muslim communities were invited to participate in the event, held at the Islamic University of Rotterdam (IUR).
Participants from Germany, Austria and Switzerland
The aim of the training was to raise awareness of the concept of hate crimes and provide information on how to monitor and respond to such incidents, with a view to increasing understanding of the impact of hate crimes on society. Part of the training was to differentiate between what constitutes a hate crime, discrimintion and hate speech.
ODIHR has organized similar workshops on countering hate crimes against Muslims for non-governmental organizations in France, Spain and Bulgaria.