Seminar “Challenging the dominant discourse and developing alternatives” in Jordan

The Observatory for the Prevention of Violent Extremism organized in Amman (Jordan) the conference “Challenging the dominant discourse and developing alternatives” on April 2, 2017 at the Hotel Le Royal. Their organization has been a joint effort between NOVACT and various Jordanian civil society organizations such as ARDD (Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development), West and East Center for Human Development, Leaders of Tomorrow and The Jordanian National Commission for Women. This conference aims to present the efforts to incorporate Jordanian civil society into the work of preventing violent extremism, in a country like Jordan, key actor in the complexity of Middle Eastern conflicts. Government lines of work will be discussed with the participation of members of the Ministry of Culture and Against Terrorism, such as the National Commission for Women, as well as the work of official bodies such as the United Nations or the European Union. Key concepts for the prevention of violent extremism from civil society will then be presented by presenting the “Barcelona Action Plan” and finally discussed among the various Jordanian civil society organizations responsible for organizing this conference on how this action plan should be incorporated and adapted in the Jordanian civil society. This initiative was launched in January 2017, when more than 320 representatives of 172 civil society organizations from 22 countries of the Euro-Mediterranean region met in Barcelona. In “Toward a New Paradigm: Preventing Violent Extremism”, we worked on the constructive contribution of the prevention of violent extremism, from civil society organizations and based on the lessons learned in the last decades and the challenges that lie ahead. From this Conference it was drawn up the “Euro-Mediterranean Civil Society Action Plan to Prevent All Forms of Violent Extremism”, which reflects the main conclusions of the Barcelona Conference. It is also an opportunity for all actors in the Euro-Mediterranean community to unite and adjust their actions with inclusive approaches against division, intolerance and hate speech. This Action Plan represents an unprecedented effort to reconcile the vision of civil society in the North and South of the Mediterranean. We believe that only a real and honest transnational partnership can help us establish an effective way to prevent all forms of violent extremism. Subsequently, a series of seminars have been initiated in various Euro-Mediterranean regions with organizations participating in the Barcelona Conference and in drafting the action plan. The seminar “Building Resilience and Alternative Narratives: Towards a Tunisian Action Plan to Prevent Violent Extremism” was held in Tunis in February. The National Action Plan was set out in Tunisia to identify steps taken by The Tunisian civil society in the prevention of extremist violence. In March, a seminar was held in Palestine (Birzeit University): “Analysis of the paradigm of the prevention of violent extremism from the UN proposals”, that from the UN approach the nature of Current efforts to prevent violent extremism in this country, exploring conditions that ensure that human rights are not being violated, including the right of Palestinians to resist the Israeli occupation in accordance to the international law, and to the right to self-determination.

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Seminar PVE Paradigm in Palestine

University of Birzeit presented on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 ” Examining the Paradigm of Preventing Violent Extremism in Light of UN Efforts “, a seminar led by the Observatory to Prevent Extremism of NOVACT, and coordinated in Palestine by the Palestinian Struggle Coordination Committees (PSCC) and Muwatin Institute for Democracy and Human Rights. This initiative was launched in January 2017, when more than 320 representatives of 172 civil society organizations from 22 countries of the Euro-Mediterranean region met in Barcelona. In “Toward a New Paradigm: Preventing Violent Extremism”, we worked on the constructive contribution of the prevention of violent extremism, from civil society organizations and based on the lessons learned in the last decades and the challenges that lie ahead. From this Conference it was drawn up the “Euro-Mediterranean Civil Society Action Plan to Prevent All Forms of Violent Extremism”, which reflects the main conclusions of the Barcelona Conference. It is also an opportunity for all actors in the Euro-Mediterranean community to unite and adjust their actions with inclusive approaches against division, intolerance and hate speech. This Action Plan represents an unprecedented effort to reconcile the vision of civil society in the North and South of the Mediterranean. We believe that only a real and honest transnational partnership can help us establish an effective way to prevent all forms of violent extremism. A further seminar was held in Tunis in February with the aim of defining the action plan at local level in various Euro-Mediterranean regions. In “Building Resilience and Alternative Narratives: Towards a Tunisian Action Plan to Prevent Violent Extremism?” The National Action Plan was defined in Tunisia, showing the steps being taken by Tunisian civil society in Tunisia towards the prevention of extremist violence. The next steps will be in Palestine and in Jordan. The seminar in Palestine is based on the United Nations approach to discussing the nature of current efforts to prevent violent extremism in this country. It is also proposed to explore conditions for ensuring that human rights, including the right of Palestinians to resist the occupation under international law, and the right to self-determination are not being violated. It also wants to examine the possibility of a Palestinian own contribution that establishes a more effective response from human rights to violent extremism. The review consists of: deconstructing the current hegemonic idea of security as a unique approach to the phenomenon, identifying the structural causes of violent extremism, exploring the dynamic relationships between a real democracy and security, and identifying the key experiences implemented by the Palestinian resistance contributing to the prevention of violent extremism. Seminar “Examining the Paradigm of Preventing Violent Extremism in Light of UN Efforts”, in Palestine

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PVE Plan of Action in Tunisia

On the 22nd of February, NOVACT, the CMODH and the Tunisian Human Rights League (LTDH) organized the seminar “Reinforcing Resilience and Alternative Discourses: Towards a New Tunisian Plan of Action for the Prevention of Violent Extremism?” where more than 60 Tunisian civil society organizations, representatives of the United Nations and Wim Kok, former Prime Minister of the Netherlands and former President of the Club of Madrid, participated. This seminar presented different international strategies for the prevention of violent extremism, the main outputs of the Barcelona conference “Towards a new paradigm: preventing violent extremism”</a> and discussed the priorities between the Civil society organizations, who emphasized the importance of networking and collecting priority actions for the country. Furthermore, NOVACT, the CMODH and the LTDH organized a seminar with the main Tunisian youth organizations to present the action plan adopted in Barcelona and to create a joint prevention strategy in Tunisia. The Tunisian youth expressed their willingness to adhere to the plan of action as well as their concern at the unemployment and social exclusion rates that are facing young people in the country, as well as the lack of opportunities for young people to participate in the democratic construction of the country. The Euro-Mediterranean Civil Society Action Plan for the Prevention of Violent Extremism was drawn up at the Barcelona conference “Towards a New Paradigm: Preventing Violent Extremism”, attended by more than 320 participants of 172 civil society associations from 22 Countries of the Euro-Mediterranean region. This plan of action aims to make a constructive contribution by civil society in the prevention of violent extremism, addressing this phenomenon in all its perspectives and forms, from institutional violence to hate speech. The adoption of the plan of action brings together and harmonises the actions of the civil society in the region, and favorises the adoption of a joint strategy to deal with hate and intolerance.

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Barcelona Conference

Building a common position From January 28th to 30th, Barcelona hosted the conference “Towards a new paradigm: Preventing Violent Extremism”, involving 322 people representing 172 institutions from 22 countries of the Euro-Mediterranean region. The conference, co-organized by NOVACT and the CMODH, gave different outputs: Questioned the current definition of violent extremism to include in this category ALL forms of violent extremism. Emphasized the enormous human rights costs generated by anti-terrorist policies and to denounce how violent extremism is used to stigmatize social movements and CSO working in social transformation and human rights promotion. Reinforced the role and the commitment of civil society organizations in the prevention of violent extremism. Civil society organizations have a key role in this field, and that is why we want to create a space to define it. Allowed the participatory definition of the Plan of Action of the Euro-Mediterranean region for the prevention of ALL forms of violent extremism. Understood as a regional and transnational agreement, the Action Plan is endowed with 91 activities, classified into a decalogue of objectives. To know more on the Barcelona Conference English version Versió en català Versión en castellano Version en français Videos and audios of the Conference

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