action dayToday, on September 21, day celebrated every year as International Day of Peace, RfP European Interfaith Youth Network joins as a partner the Action Day against Islamophobia and Religious Intolerance. Organized by the No Hate Speech Movement, the Action Day  calls for actions and speaks up against religious intolerance with a special attention to islamophobia. According to the online survey conducted by the Youth Department of the Council of Europe in 2012 Muslims appeared as the second most affected group targeted by hate speech.

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly of the United Nations has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. To mark the 30th anniversary of the General Assembly Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace, the theme of this year’s International Day of Peace is the “Right of Peoples to Peace”. This anniversary offers a unique opportunity to reaffirm the United Nations commitment to the purposes and principles upon which the Organization was founded. The Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace recognizes that the promotion of peace is vital for the full enjoyment of all human rights.

Islamophobia and discrimination against Muslims encompass discriminatory attitudes and behaviour towards individuals, groups or property that are perceived to be Muslim or are associated with Muslim people or Islam. They can manifest themselves in a variety of forms, ranging from the systemic to the individual level. These include disparaging remarks and hatred in public discourse, and direct or indirect discrimination and hostile behaviour, such as physical assaults and verbal aggression. Manifestations of Islamophobia and  discrimination against Muslims must be understood within the context of the particular society in which they occur. In particular, it should be kept in mind that intolerance and discrimination against Muslims are often intimately linked to other forms of discrimination/racism and can overlap with anti-immigrant sentiments, xenophobia, racism or gender bias. This can multiply the types of discrimination faced by some individuals.

It is very important that we keep in mind that Islamophobia is much more than religious intolerance. Islamophobia is a form of racism that has a huge impact on individuals and lead to violations of human rights.
 
What can you do?
 

ACTION 1.

Report online hate content against religious groups with special focus on Muslim people to the Hate Speech Watch

 

ACTION 2.

 Learn and understand how islamophobia and religions intolerance could potentially undermine democracy and the human rights of all of us in Europe. 

 

ACTION 3.

 Write a post on Facebook or tweet on Twitter to express your religion and/or religious tolerance. Use one of the photos that were selected in the photo competition or use your own meme, photo.  You can also wear a badge (online or offline) with the texts below: 

 

Offline: HUG ME! I AM MUSLIM TOO!

 

Online: LIKE ME! I AM A MUSLIM TOO!

 

(you can also write other religion instead of “muslim”)

"We, the youth of different faith groups, are determined to live together in peace and mutual appreciation. We are united in the belief that it is our duty to play a crucial role in overcoming violence and striving for justice. This ideal will only be achieved through interfaith cooperation, which will be facilitated by the establishment of the European Interfaith Youth Network (EIYN)"; Geneva declaration