No Security Without Rights

(Photo: Pedro Mata /Fotomovimiento) The struggle against terrorism contributes to an alarming and constant retreat of the civil and political rights of people. In the context of a multipolar world scenario, which is strongly conditioned by an unprecedented evolution of national, regional and international responses to new terrorist threats, the principles of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights seem to have been relegated to an opaque area between the “necessary and legitimate” fight against terrorism and the gross violations that it perpetrates. After the 9/11 attacks in the United States, a growing wave of national and international promises of security was rolled on in a hegemonic way, as a response to the perception of a serious threat to world peace and safety. Since the beginning of the 21st century, the terrifying expressions and dimensions of the new terrorist threat at a global level, have led to the adoption of significant and unavoidable changes in the legal, political, economic and defensive agendas of states and international organizations, creating growing incompatibilities between many of these terrorist measures and the respect, protection and promotion of human rights. The report “No Security Without Rights’’ compiles various efforts to denounce the perpetrated human rights’ violations through the implementation of the new anti-terrorism normative tools that have been approved by the Euro-Mediterranean regions in the past years. The ambiguity in the definitions of terrorism which are included in the national legislations leads to an indiscriminate persecution of individuals and groups, as well as to the arbitrary criminalization of activities that are perceived as threats to the state’s security. Procedural safeguards in criminal matters, fair treatment to accused people, and fundamental rights and freedoms are being relativized in this framework of fight against terror; while the authorities’ powers, impunity, injustice and severeness of the penalties charged to the accused increase without restriction, need or glimmer of proportionality.

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List of PVE Best Practices

The following list are the good practices to prevent all forms of violent extremism in the Euro-mediterranean region: EuroMeSCo Annual Conference “Confronting Violent Extremism in the Euro-Mediterranean” Conference “Resilient Cities: Countering Violent Extremism at Local Level” Itinerant Exhibition ‘’Refugees, why?’’ Annual Course on Human Rights for Global Justice Strategy BCN Anti-Rumour Kif-Kif: Comics for Inclusion Observatory of Islamophobia in the Media Social Forum against Islamophoby Frontera Sur Project XABACA: International network against censorship on Arab women’s art Kulluna Muwatinun (We are All Citizens) Khotwa: Promoting regional integration in the Maghreb ARDD Political & Civic Participation Unit Defender a Quién Defiende Movement for Peace Peace Studies Centre Delàs Urban Violence World Forum European Forum for Urban Security International Peace Bureau Irídia International Civil Service ’Dangerously Disproportionate: The Ever-Expanding National Security State in Europe’’ Report ’An Economy for the 99%’’ Report Observatory of ESCR ’Alert!’’ Report Shock Monitor Human Rights and Companies Observatory European Institute of the Mediterranean Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) Muslims against Islamophobia Casa Nostra Casa Vostra Stop Mare Mortum Lysistrata project UNDP Global Meeting on Preventing Violent Extremism Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR) Euromed Survey of Experts and Actors (7th edition) Peace and Freedom Organization in Kurdistan (PFOK) Al Mesalla SUDS Fotomovimento Proxy Observatory AntiInmigration Research Paper Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative SAHWA Project L’Islam, Objet Médiatique START Islamophobia, a challenge for us all Report Quick Guide to Combat Islamophobia in Twitter Twist Islamophobia Euro-Arab Foundation (FUNDEA) Prevent Extremism Training Five-Point Test for Journalists WE CAN! Plataforma Ciudadana contra la Islamofobia Let’s advertise Common Values Project Meetings on Islamophobia and Gender Muslim Women against Islamophobia Anti-Islamophobia Declaration Reimagining Muslim Spaces Study Women in the Mediterranean Space INGYouth Speakers Program Anna Lindh Education Handbook on Intercultural Citizenship in the Euro-Mediterranean Region Young Arab Voices DAWRAK: Citizens for Dialogue Erbil Marathon International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR) UKSSD The Road to Ninevah: Social Cohesion, Peace, Coexistence We Love Tripoli Shape MENA PeaceWomen Programme Youth Can Organization SAiD: Attention and Reporting Service for Victims of Racism and Xenophobia Closeness to the Arab World Course Euro-Mediterranean Women’s Foundation Lawyers’ International Observatory Beyond Reform & Development (BRD) Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations Association Djazairouna des victimes du terrorisme Education for Development Fighters for Peace Forum des Organisations Nationales de Droits Humains Artis International Forum Marocain pour la Vérité et la Justice Tunisian Leaders for Human Security Hamish Jeunesse Sans Frontières JOHUD Youth Training and Empowerment Leaders of Tomorrow Campaign to Combat Hatred Discourse in the Media Euro-Mediterranean Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders (EMHRF) Permanent Peace Movement Palestinian Centre for Human Rights Unified Platform Against Gender Violence SAVE – Sisters Against Violent Extremism “Empowering Women, Countering Extremism” Training Program Radicalisation and Counter-Radicalisation: A Gender Perspective JWU Legal Literacy Courses Union of Palestinian Women Committees SAWA East & West Center for Sustainable Development Penal Reform International  

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VIOLENT EXTREMISM IN SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORKS

Under-reporting of hate crimes based on racism and xenophobia continue to be a significant problem across the Mediterranean. Hate speech and discrimination are the most visible part of several violent extremist movements. Violent extremism (VE) is a diverse phenomenon. The spread of violent extremism is currently done through social media network, where the immense accumulation of information requires the expertise on Big Data. For that, there is the necessity to contribute in several key initiatives identified. The present document intends to present a desk review on the expression of violent extremism in social media network, but, more specifically, tries to give an specific answer on how to combat online hate speech in social media networks through a roadmap. .

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GOOD PRACTICES IN THE EURO-MEDITERRANEAN REGION

Civil society represents an underused resource to confront violent extremism. We can offer a positive and nonviolent vision of our future together that can create an effective alternative message in front of the voices and groups that promote violence. Civil society needs to be supported, protected and empowered to make a constructive contribution to confront violent extremism. However, the good-willing positions expressed have not been followed by real on-the-ground measures to reinforce the civil society contribution to prevent violent extremism. Actually, there is a growing concern that states are interested in restraining the space of civil society. In the name of fighting terrorism, governments have curtailed political freedoms and imposed restrictive measures against human rights defenders and civil society activists in many countries. States systematically invoke national security and public safety to shrink the space of independent civil society activities. In many countries, special legislative and regulatory measures have been used to crack down on NGOs and activists who advocate for social change and criticize government policies. These measures make it more difficult for civil society actors to promote human rights and tolerance as an essential element in the prevention of violent extremism. It is essential to maintain and protect civil society if we want to address the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism. The following document aims to share good practices to prevent all forms of violent extremism in the Euro-mediterranean region, who have been classified both by the different Goals of the OPEV Plan of Action as well as the 3 main regions of the Euro-mediterranean region.

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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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