OSCE, UNESCO publish book on countering Islamophobia


Book contains methods for schools on how to counter discrimination against Muslims.

ATHENS – The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization held an event in Athens Wednesday to promote a book they jointly published on how to prevent discrimination and intolerance against Muslims in schools.

OSCE Representative Marouane Mohammed, Greek Human Rights National Committee Deputy Head Elli Varhalama, and Greek Muslims Union President Naim Elghadour addressed the meeting.

Mohammed said the book meant Islamophobia was now recognized internationally.

“It should be accepted as a fact that individuals and societies could be targeted because they are Muslims,” Mohammed said. “Now is the time for everyone to do their share to change this.”

Published in Greek by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, the book was born as a project in 2011 supported by the Council of Europe.