Barcelona Conference. Building a common position

From January 28th to 30th of 2017

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.

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