The publication, entitled “Muslims in Europe: The Road to Social Harmony – Proceedings of the UN Geneva side event held on 19 September 2016 and lessons learned” is the fruit of a panel discussion organized at UNOG by the Geneva Centre on the occasion of the 33rd session of the UN Human Rights Council. The meeting was held in partnership with the Permanent Mission of Algeria to the United Nations Office in Geneva and other International Organizations in Switzerland, and with the Independent Permanent Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
The discussion provided an opportunity to present and discuss the findings of a study entitled “Muslims in Europe: The Road to Social Harmony” which was prepared in 2016 by the renowned Swiss-Algerian scholar Dr. Zidane Meriboute.
In an innovative approach, this book suggests, among others, that there is a need to promote through joint action and to ensure through the exercise of collective responsibility a reversal of the distortion and manipulation of all religions.
This means resorting to awareness promotion via the media and public discourse. Required action includes rolling back socio-economic marginalization through an inclusive and participatory process and a consensual approach.
Only through dialogue between populations and regions of all cultures and religious faiths can all build bridges of understanding and tolerance between them, thereby fostering universal social cohesion and harmony.