The Collective Against Islamophobia in France is a human rights organisation created in 2000, whose mission is to combat Islamophobia. Islamophobia is defined as all acts of discrimination or violence against individuals or institutions based on actual or assumed belonging to Islam, and appears as the acceptable expression of disguised racism.
Muslims’ visibility in the public space challenges and leads some to intolerance while maintaining their privileges. There has been, in recent years, a semantic shift within the extreme-right influence groups, in all political sides of the fence. As biological racism is punishable by law and its use made almost impossible in the public sphere, cultural racism is today favoured instead. Under the guise of “defence of secularism”, “national identity”, “Judaeo-Christian roots” of France, a new internal enemy is pointed out: the Muslim.
Paradoxically, Islamophobes’ biggest concern is thefact that Muslims are integrated in the society. French Muslims go to school, graduate, engage in different activities… while expressing their religious belief. They are visible as both citizens and Muslims. They demonstrate everyday the complete compatibility between their religion and the Republic, thus challenging Islamophobes’ beliefs who assume the role of the one knower and only defendants of the Republic. Muslims have rights, they know it and they claim them.
Although the Collective Against Islamophobia in France built expertise to address questions linked to Islamophobia, it condemns and fights against all forms of racism. Our values are strong, clear and unequivocal. We lead our own fights, tell our own stories and act to promote our rights.
We are politically and religiously independent. We maintain contact with all institutions or persons acknowledging the reality of Islamophobia and those who wish to fight against it.
We are independent as funded by donor contributions. This choice of operation enables us to ensure our members and sympathisers our full autonomy.
Our association reflects our society. Our volunteers and employees’ religious, cultural, political, socioeconomic diversity is a valuable asset we are striving to protect.
We look forward to a more just and equal society and strive daily for making liberty, equality, and fraternity a reality for the millions of French Muslims.
Because Islamophobia is not an opinion, it’s a crime.