A European Muslim Civil Leadership Development Initiative In partnership with Kristiansand commune (Norway) and its development partner Faith Associates. The project will be launched the during the 3rd European Conference on Democracy and Human Rights, hosted by the City of Kristiansand in cooperation with the Council of Europe (COE), Cultiva Foundation, ARKIVET Peace and Human Rights Centre, Kilden Performing Arts Centre, SKMU Sørlandet's Museum of Art and University of Agder.
The MEET programme will be a convening body that will initially bring Norwegian Muslim voices together with senior European voices for the Democracy Week in May 2022 at the University of Agder.
The situation for freedom of expression and media freedom in Europe was a main theme of the European Conference in Kristiansand 2021. The issue continues to be a major concern in Europe. In fact, we witness even a worsening of the freedom of expression and media freedom in Europe, dramatically illustrated by events such as the hijacking of a plane over Belarus and subsequent detention of dissident Roman Protasevich, and the shooting of prominent Dutch crime reporter Peter de Vries. Cultural expression is under pressure, and freedom of expression is exposed to technological challenges at an unprecedented scale.
The 3rd European Conference on Democracy and Human Rights, securing democracy and human rights in the digital age, to be held in Kristiansand again in 2022, is an ideal backdrop to bring influential Muslim voices from Norway and wider Europe together. Many of the issues to be discussed at the 3rd European conference on 5th May 2022 directly affect Muslim communities in Europe. The topics discussed at the Council of Europe (COE) conference will dovetail into the following day’s conference on 6th May hosted by the University of Agder, where the challenges faced by Muslim communities will be unpacked further. An agenda for the 6th May event is given below.