Dear ECJJ members,

Please find below a short summary of our last activities:

A. The IJJO is looking for two experts on the subject of radicalisation and Countering Violent Extremism

The International Juvenile Justice Observatory is pleased to let you know that it is currently hiring a team of two experts to work on the subject of the “Prevention of juvenile radicalisation: Promoting the use of alternatives to detention through judicial training” as part of a EC-funded project of the same name (JUST/2015/JTRA/AG/EJTR).

The terms of reference and further details can be accessed on this page: [+]

B. Open Dialogue Day on the Prevention of Youth Radicalisation

On the 21st of June, the IJJO took part in Brussels to an Open Dialogue Day on the Prevention of Radicalisation among Young People

This event was organised by the European Youth Information and Counselling Agency (ERYICA), in cooperation with the Youth Department of the Council of Europe. The objective of the meeting was to discuss the role that youth information can play in the prevention of violent radicalisation and extremism among young people. About 30 professionals coming from very different fields (academics, representatives of local authorities and municipalities, young radicalized parents, psychologists, social and youth information workers, representative of international institutions) have shared their experiences and exchanged views and approaches during several workshops with the aim to better understand this complex phenomenon and propose concrete ways to face and prevent it. The IJJO presented its new project “the prevention of juvenile radicalization: promoting the use of alternatives to detention through judicial training” which starts on July 1st, 2016 and will last two years.

All the inputs and ideas collected during the event will serve as the basis for developing a handbook on this issue that will be available at the end of 2016

The terms of reference and further details can be accessed on this page: [+]

C. The European Commission presents actions to support MS in the prevention of radicalisation

Delivering on its European Agenda on Security, the European Commission presented on June 14th, 2016, further steps to support Member States in preventing and countering violent radicalisation leading to terrorism. The Commission outlined actions in seven specific areas where cooperation at EU level can bring added value:

• Countering terrorist propaganda and illegal hate speech online
• Addressing radicalisation in prisons
• Promoting inclusive education and EU common values
• Promoting an inclusive, open and resilient society and reaching out to young people
• Strengthening the international cooperation
• Boosting research, evidence building, monitoring and networks
• Focusing on the security dimension

For more information, please visit: [+]

D. European Development Days 2016

Last 15th and 16th of June, about 42 000 participants from 154 countries took part to the 10th anniversary of the European Development Days in Brussels. Organised by the European Commission, this huge event focused on the 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2015. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets that were the focus of those two days seek to complete what the Millennium Development Goals did not achieve. In particular, they seek to end poverty and hunger in a healthy environment, to realise the human rights of all and to achieve gender equality. Several working sessions were organised on the special needs of children and youth, aimed at ending all forms of exploitation, violence, trafficking, abuse that affect them, and at giving a voice to youth in this process.

The IJJO actively participated in this event and was also represented by Ms. Marianne Moore, author of the ECJJ White Paper, who spoke during a workshop entitled 'Juvenile Justice in Afghanistan: A building block for peace'. [+]

E. EP Child Rights Intergroup met in Brussels

The European Parliament Child Rights Intergroup met for the first time in Brussels at the European Parliament on June 22nd, 2016, with the presence of NGO’s from the Children’s Rights Action Group (CRAG), Brussels-based organisations working on child issues, including the IJJO. This meeting was hosted by MEP Caterina Chinnici, co-chair of the Intergroup, who collaborated numerous times with the IJJO and is the author of the introductory chapter of the Juvenile Offenders Detention Alternatives' (JODA) project Manual on the new Directive on procedural safeguards for children who are persons suspects or accused in criminal proceedings. The Intergroup meeting was the opportunity for the members of CRAG to present their objectives and joint actions to the Members of the European Parliament and to have an open debate on issues such as unaccompanied minors in the EU, the new Directive on Procedural Safeguards for children suspects or accused in criminal proceedings, and the activities of several NGO’s in various matters. It also constituted the perfect opportunity to present the new website of the Intergroup, launched on June 7th: [+]

F. KidsRights Index 2016 now available!

This year’s Index underlines that, worldwide, countries are falling short on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

KidsRights urges all 163 countries analysed in the Index to increase efforts to combat discrimination against minority groups of children and youth especially. Vulnerable and marginalised children, including refugee children, migrant children, disabled children, street children and indigenous children, are still widely discriminated against.

Take a look at the complete KidsRights Index 2016: [+]

G. New ‘HELP in the 28’ course

The FIRST EU/CoE ‘HELP in the 28’ course for legal professionals on "Fight against racism, xenophobia, homophobia and transphobia" online has been launched. One of the key reference documents was the Handbook on European non-discrimination law jointly produced by the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) and the European Court of Human Rights.

To access the course, first you need to open yourself an account at HELP if you have not yet done so [+] (2 min) and then you click here [+] to access directly the course