The Collective for Countering Islamophobia in Europe is a non-profit association, established in Belgium on November 1, 2020, which aims at acting against rejection, hatred and discrimination against people and institutions because of their real or supposed belonging to Islam.
The CCIE is a non-governmental, non-political and non-religious organization, independent and funded solely by its supporters (members and donors). It works for equality and justice.
The main activity of the CCIE is built around three axes:
- Legal and psychological support for victims of Islamophobia
- Awareness raising campaigns, events and training against Islamophobia
- Survey and analysis of the phenomenon of Islamophobia at the European level
Although it is a young association, its creation at the end of 2020 corresponds to a reality in some European countries like France and Austria, where associative freedoms are threatened by the authorities. More specifically, the birth of the CCIE is a symptom of security abuse in France that led to the dissolution of certain associative structures, such as the CCIF (Collectif Contre l'Islamophobie en France), whose 17 years of intellectual material, reports, communication expertise and European advocacy experience have been bequeathed to the Collective for Countering Islamophobia in Europe. The CCIE also inherits the same approach to the phenomenon of Islamophobia, as well as its definition:
Islamophobia refers to all acts of verbal or physical violence and discrimination against an establishment, a legal entity or a natural person because of their real or supposed membership to Islam.