In November, the RAN delegation was brought up to date on France’s action plan for countering violent radical jihadism. Find out also in this issue how schools can take on some responsibility for preventing radicalisation. We also mention the cooperation between local authorities and religious orgsniation/communities.
In the latest RAN Update, find out what is needed to set up multi-agency cooperation in the field of deradicalisation. We also bring you the outcomes of the high level conference in Brussels on 9 November that gathered ministers, policy-makers and practitioners to discuss ways forward in tackling emerging challenges related to radicalisation towards violent extremism and terrorism. One of these challenges is dealing with returnees from Syria and Iraq, which is already being discussed in RAN Working Groups - read the newsletter for details!
Interested in counter-narratives against jihadist propaganda? Find recommendations in this latest issue, along with a reminder of the importance of the local level in the prevention of radicalisation. Last but not least, we are proud to present the first RAN explainer video, and the Hedayah online counter-narrative library.
On 9 November, the European Commission and the Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) Centre of Excellence are organising the 3rd RAN High-Level Conference on Radicalisation in Brussels. The event will be hosted by Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos, and Commissioner for the Security Union, Sir Julian King, and will bring together Ministers, policy makers and practitioners to discuss how to effectively prevent radicalisation leading to violent extremism and terrorism. Discussions will focus on the issues around returning foreign terrorist fighters, children raised in a radicalised environment, as well as RAN support in designing national prevention strategies, structures and interventions. The participants will hear first-hand insights from RAN practitioners and will exchange best practices and expertise in the field. As a concrete outcome of EU-level work on anti-radicalisation, the Handbook "Developing a Local Prevent Framework & Guiding Principles" will be presented at the conference. Finally, "RAN Young", a platform empowering young people to play an active role in the prevention of radicalisation, will be launched.
Last summer we conducted a survey to assess the impact of RAN on its participants. Find a summary of the results in this latest Update. You can also read about RAN’s recent activities, including work with families on the issue of children and young people born into and growing up in radicalised families, as well as Member State workshops about ‘The Refugee and Migrant Crisis: Challenges for CVE policy’ and about ‘Building partnerships to improve CVE communication’. Upcoming activities are also listed.
An easy-to-understand overview of the process of radicalisation in all its forms, and an introduction to Europe's Radicalisation Awareness Network – how does it tackle radicalisation? Watch the video here.
The Police and law enforcement Working Group (RAN POL) has published a new guide on radicalisation prevention training programmes for Europe’s police officers. It has identified four core competences that require training:
This video is a result of the RAN meeting on 'Involving young people". It shows why and how young people should be involved in the prevention of radicalisation leading to violent extremism. Watch it on our YouTube channel.
Exit Hates aims to provide an alternative to the appeal of narratives from extremist propaganda by collecting personal reasons to exit hate in storytelling videos. For six weeks, Exit Hate will collect amazing stories from across Europe that inspire others to take positive action. Send us your story!
We conducted a survey on the impact of RAN on the daily prevention work of its participants. And we are happy to announce that nearly 90% of those participating at RAN events foresee that their participation will have a positive impact on their daily fight against radicalisation to violent extremism. Find more information in our summary.
How should we deal with children born into and growing up in radicalised families? How can families become actors in the prevention of radicalisation.? Our latest update addresses these topics and announces upcoming workshops, conferences and the launch of the #exithate campaign.
The Belgian government has initiated a national network to increase resilience to radicalisation. Meanwhile at the beginning of June, a RAN joint event got young people involved in preventing radicalisation, and the German Congress on Crime Prevention provided an opportunity for RAN practitioners to learn directly from German CVE policy makers and practitioners. Also find out about forthcoming RAN events.
Following a request from an EU Member State, the RAN CoE may:
Find out more information in our new leaflet.
This handbook is a compilation of experiences shared during the RAN VVT meetings held from 2012 to 2015. All victims, victim organisations, practitioners and experts present at these meetings contributed to this handbook.
A new leaflet introduces the network and its activities, the RAN Centre of Excellence and the RAN working groups.
The European Commission has presented further steps to support EU countries in preventing and countering violent radicalisation leading to terrorism. The document outlines action in seven specific areas where cooperation at EU level could have added value:
News from Member State workshops investigating the challenges created by the refugee and migrant crisis to policies intended to counter violent extremism, plus updates from the recent RAN H&SC and RAN local meetings, a look at the GiveItUp4Ramadan campaign run by young people, and a look ahead to forthcoming events.
New ex-post papers from the RAN YF&C, RAN EDU, RAN P&P, RAN LOCAL, RAN YF&C, RAN H&SC and RAN C&N Working Groups are available in the papers section.
The latest from the RAN EXIT, RAN POL, RAN YF&C, RAN EDU working groups and the Steering Committee. Plus a new RAN Centre of Excellence work stream bridges the gap between the needs of practitioners and research available on the prevention of radicalisation – and news from April’s thematic event: ‘Refugee and Migrant Crisis: challenges for CVE policy’.
French and German versions of the "RAN Issue paper - The Root Causes of Violent Extremism" are now available. The translations can be found in the
The new RAN P&P Working Group paper provides oversight of – and insight into – the current line of thinking amongst European prison and probation practitioners, and provides advice to support decision-making processes.
The latest from the RAN LOCAL, RAN EDU and RAN P&P working groups, plus the European Remembrance Day for Victims of Terrorism, which took place on 11 March and was hosted by the European Commission.
On 11 March, the European Commission and the Radicalisation Awareness Network Centre of Excellence are organising a dedicated event to mark the 12th European Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Terrorism. Dimitris Avramopoulos, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, will open the Brussels event, which brings together victims from recent and past terrorist attacks, victim associations, students, and high-level European dignitaries. The programme features testimonies from victims of attacks at the Bataclan, Paris, and in Spain, Norway, and Tunisia.
11 March marks the 12th anniversary of the Madrid train bombings that killed 191 and injured at least 1 800 people commuting to work. The European Union, together with the Radicalisation Awareness Network Centre of Excellence, has devoted 11 March to commemorating the victims of terrorist attacks in Europe and elsewhere in the world.
Joint Statement on the European Day of Remembrance of Victims of Terrorism by First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini, Commissioner Vera Jourova and Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos
French and German versions of the "RAN Collection of Approaches and Practices" document are now available. The translations can be found in the RAN Collection section.
The latest from the RAN H&SC, YF&C and C&N working groups, plus news from a Paris study visit arranged to deepen understanding of prison regimes – and in particular current French counter-radicalisation and deradicalisation/disengagement practices.
Omar Ramadan of the RAN Centre of Excellence underlined the importance of prevent strategies to the ministers present, and emphasised the importance of identifying radicalisation early for counter terrorism strategies.
The latest from the EXIT and C&N Working Groups, plus a round-up of a study visit to Germany and a ‘train the trainer’ workshop in Greece.
A RAN Plenary meeting launches the work of the nine RAN Working Groups, and is quickly followed by individual Working Group kick-off meetings.
A message to RAN participants following the 13 November terrorist attacks in Paris
The RAN Centre of Excellence is launched. First activities include calls for research, and for relevant centres and networks to get involved in a mapping exercise.
RAN marks 100th event plus updates on recent activities
Cross-cutting event: Dealing with foreign fighters - Challenges and good practices
RAN Prevent’s Manifesto for Education with no less than 24 proposals
Fourth year of RAN and the RAN Centre of Excellence
RAN representation at White House CVE Summit and update on other activities
Halfway through the RAN’s third year
Halfway through the RAN’s third year
RAN offer for MSs and update on activities of Working Groups
RAN Plenary and High Level Conference
Working Group activities since the last RAN Update
Making RAN more beneficial for Member States
Cities Conference on Foreign Fighters to Syria
Commission communication on radicalisation and RAN collection. Latest and upcoming RAN activities
Progress on the RAN collection of promising practices, latest and upcoming RAN activities
RAN collection of promising practices, foreign fighters, latest and upcoming RAN activities
Progress on the preparation of the EU Programme to Prevent Radicalisation into Terrorism and Violent Extremism. Latest working group activities.
RAN promising practices and EU Countering Violent Extremism programme. Latest working group activities.
Follow up of the High Level Conference. RAN contributing to the preparation of an EU programme to counter violent extremism.
RAN First Plenary meeting. High Level Conference: "empowering local actors to prevent violent extremism".
RAN meetings. Following activities. Preparation work for the Plenary of the RAN and for the High Level Conference.
Position papers of all working groups. Kick-off meetings of all working groups. Planned meetings. Plans for high-level conference.
Greeting from Commissioner Malmström. Continued development of the working groups. RAN logo and website. Working group meetings RAN POL, RAN VVT and RAN DERAD. Planned meetings. Plans for high level conference. List of working group leaders.
The first RAN update describes the establishment of eight working groups. First meetings (RAN POL, RAN VVT and RAN DERAD).