- December 15, 2019
- Posted by: Faith Associates
- Categories: Blog, News, Press Release, Mosque Security EU
Faith Associates through its Mosque Security project has been invited to a number of European cities over the past month to talk about Mosque Security the protection of places of worship. We have been invited by the European Commission, OSHIR and the Nordic Safe Cities to present our work on protecting places of worship and share best practices with European partners.
Faith Associates was invited by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) to Oslo for the Consultative Expert Meeting on Understanding Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes and Addressing the Security Needs of Muslim Communities.
Deadly and painful anti-Muslim hate crimes are a fact in many participating States of the OSCE region. Such attacks target Muslim individuals or persons perceived to be Muslims, Muslim allies or friends, and property owned by Muslims. In order to contribute to the solving of this problem, the ODIHR drafted a Guide on Understanding Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes and Addressing the Security Needs of Muslim Communities.
Faith Associates, through our work on Mosque Security, took part in the consultative expert meeting with other civil society organizations, religious communities, national human rights institutions, inter-governmental organizations, as well as other stakeholders, (from across 57 OSCE participating States).
Challenges were addressed relating to the security needs of Muslim communities and responses to anti-Muslim hate crimes. Some of the resources produced from Faith Associates related to Mosque security and protecting places of worship will be developed further in partnership with institutions in the OSCE region to help protect places of worship.
Faith Associates were also invited to Stockholm, Sweeden by Nordic Safe Cities to chair a panel and be involved in discussions on how to build safe cities and discuss practical steps and experiences from a Scandinavian context.