Intolerance against Muslims
          
NGO Roundtable
NGO roundtable meeting on intolerance and discrimination against Muslims: "Youth and Education", Vienna, 17 December 2008

The Roundtable was hosted jointly by the ODIHR's Tolerance and Non-Discrimination Department and Ambassador Omur Orhun, Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office on combating Intolerance and Discrimination against Muslims.

The aim of the Roundtable was to facilitate discussion on the issue of Intolerance and Discrimination against Muslims with a special focus on youth and education. The meeting also served as an opportunity to increase cooperation between the OSCE and civil society in promoting tolerance and mutual understanding amongst youth and in education.

Background Information

Since 2005, the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), in conjunction with the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office (CiO) on Intolerance and Discrimination against Muslims, has been organizing NGO roundtable meetings dealing with intolerance and discrimination against Muslims.

The first NGO roundtable meeting aimed at outreaching the NGOs most active in this area and identifying general areas of concerns, good practices and recommendations. The ODIHR organized the second NGO roundtable meeting in 2006 with a special focus on the representation of Muslims in public discourse.

In consultation with various NGO representatives and experts, the ODIHR and the CiO Personal Representative decided to concentrate on youth and education in the third NGO roundtable meeting addressing intolerance and discrimination against Muslims.