“Youth Against Extremism and Radicalisation” is a two-stage international youth exchange project which aims to gather 35 young people from 5 countries (Hungary, Armenia, Georgia, Turkey and Estonia) and empower them to fight against extremism and radicalisation. Violent extremism and radicalisation is a denial of democracy and of human rights. Unfortunately in Europe and beyond an increasing number of young people are being drawn into extremist movements in their search for identity and a meaningful place in society. Profound feelings of injustice and frustration about their social exclusion are amongst the main root causes contributing to young people’s vulnerability, and increase their willingness to adhere to extremist, sometimes violent groups, which offer an apparent social purpose to them. In order to effectively commit to the elimination of radicalisation and extremism, it is crucial to invest more in prevention measures targeting young people. Youth engagement activities form a cornerstone as youth can engage their peers on par , taking advantage of their own life stories. Partners: Európai Hallgatók Hálózatának Egyesülete (AEGEE-Budapest), Hungary “Youth Life” Educational NGO, Armenia Active Youth Union, Georgia Uluslararasi Defne Gençlik Eğitim Derneği, Turkey Mtü Sara, Éstonia
This study summarizes the results of a two-years-long research project, which focused on the attitudes towards political violence in online and offline context. The project, entitled ‘Developing innovative methods for comparative researches on violent radicalisation among the youth to help prevention’, was carried out by Political Capital. DEMOS UK – our British partner in this project – conducted certain aspects of the research. The project was supported by the European Commission programme ‘Prevention of and Fight against Crime’ (ISEC) and Open Society Foundations. We launched our project based on the experience that, while good comparative data would be the necessary (but not sufficient) precondition of any good policy strategies and decisions to prevent political violence, exact datasets are often missing for comparing the different countries and communities from the perspective of the potential for the use of violence they have. The goals of our pilot project was to develop and pilot good traditional and new comparative research methods in order to assess the threat of violent radicalisation by identifying the vulnerable groups in given EU member states where the justification and glorification of violence poses a danger. We hope this project helps us to gain a clear picture of violent extremism and its social-attitudinal background, increasing the effectiveness of prevention programmes in the future.
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As of October, 2017 The Budapest Centre has launched its new project: “Prevention of radicalisation in the Hungarian prison-system”. The “Prevention of radicalisation in the Hungarian prison-system” is a 13-month initiative of the Budapest Centre in collaboration with Hungarian experts and researchers. Funded by the Internal Security Fund of the European Union, it aims at contributing to the coordination and improvement of national and international capabilities for preventing and countering radicalisation. To that end, it will map the capabilities of selected Hungarian prisons in order to recognize signs of radicalisation, as well as to manage and prevent processes leading to radicalisation. It will provide training for prison personnel to further improve such capabilities and conduct so-called “life-path” interviews with prisoners to facilitate their rehabilitation and reintegration. The results of the project and its policy recommendations will be summarized in a report available in Hungarian and English and presented at a conference in spring 2018.
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