The European Commission Coordinator on combating anti-Muslim hatred, David Friggieri, chaired the 4th roundtable with NGOs working on anti-Muslim hatred and discrimination and took the participants through the various initiatives taken in this area since the 3rd roundtable.
The EU's Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) presented the key findings from its specific report on Muslims' perceptions of discrimination in 15 EU Member States, which forms part of the FRA's wider 2nd EU Minorities and Discrimination survey. The report provides insights into a number of areas raised during the previous roundtables including discrimination when looking for a job, police stops based on ethnic background, the experiences of religiously visible Muslims, hate crime and harassment. FRA also took participants through its forthcoming database on anti-Muslim & anti-migrant hate speech, hate crime & discrimination, which is scheduled for official launch in April 2018. The database is a compendium of case law, reports, major incidents and victim support across the EU. At the roundtable, DG JUST officially launched the study on Religious clothing and symbols in employment, drawn up by the European network of legal experts in gender equality and non-discrimination which presents an in-depth analysis of the situation across the EU with reference to landmark European Court of Human Rights and Court of Justice of the European Union case law on the matter.
Three NGOs presented their recent reports and projects to give a useful glimpse of their approaches in addressing hate speech, hate crime and discrimination, including the intersectional discrimination affecting Muslim women. NGOs and the Coordinator reflected on the way forward, looking at joint work and further consultation, for example in the preparation of the 4 or 5 Coordinator country visits planned for 2018.
The "European coalition against Islamophobia" presented the Coordinator with a 12-point list of steps which it suggests the European Commission should consider in order to strengthen its actions in this field of work.