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10 Years State Treaty of the City of Hamburg with the Islamic Associations - what next?

Time: Tuesday, June 21, 2022 | 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Tchaikovsky Hall, Tchaikovskyplatz 2, 20355 Hamburg, Germany.

The state treaty of the Hanseatic City of Hamburg with the Islamic associations has existed for 10 years. This year it is to be evaluated whether it has fulfilled its purpose and should be continued.

There is a particularly strong demand that the Islamic Center Hamburg (IZH), which is a member of the state treaty through the Shura, be excluded from the treaty or that the center be closed. The State Office for the Protection of the Constitution describes the IZH as the "most important propagandistic and organizational institution of the Iranian regime in Europe."

But there is also fundamental criticism on other points. For example, there are no exit clauses in the contract that could be used to exclude associations that espouse anti-Semitic or other discriminatory ideologies, such as gender inequality. The influence of authoritarian or Islamist regimes on Hamburg associations and mosques, such as DITIB or IZH, is also a problem, especially for Muslims who define themselves as secular.

However, Muslims with a secular understanding of religion have not been heard at all in the debate about the State Treaty.

We therefore want to actively engage in the debate and discuss the problems surrounding the State Treaty with our guests:

  • Anna von Treuenfels-Frowein, FDP
  • Michael Gwosdz, Parliamentary Secretary of the Green Parliamentary Group in the German Parliament
  • Ekkehard Wysocki, SPD Hamburg,
  • Dennis Gladiator, Spokesman on Domestic Policy and Parliamentary Director of the CDU Parliamentary Group in the Hamburg City Council
  • Dr. Necla Kelek, Chairwoman of "Verein Säkularer Islam Hamburg e.V." (Secular Islam Association Hamburg)
  • Stephan Hensel, Commissioner for antisemitism of the City of Hamburg
  • Ali Ertan Toprak, President of the Federal Working Group of Immigrant Associations in Germany (BAGIV),
  • Daniel Killy, Member of the German-Israeli Society Hamburg
  • Mina Ahadi, Central Council of Ex-Muslims
  • Representative of the Senate Chancellery (requested)
  • Moderation: Dr. Ulrike Becker, Mideast Freedom Forum Berlin and Hourvash Pourkian, Kulturbrücke Hamburg e.V.


An event organized by:
Verein Säkularer Islam Hamburg e. V. (further information)
Kulturbrücke Hamburg e. V. (further information)
Mideast Freedom Forum Berlin (further information)

Cooperation partner:
Federal Working Group of Immigrant Associations in Germany (BAGIV).
German-Israeli Society e.V.