The final conference of the PRALT project on the prevention of youth radicalisation took place on 14 June in Madrid. The project “PRALT – Preventing juvenile radicalisation: Promoting the use of alternatives to detention through judicial training” addresses the problem of juvenile radicalisation by focusing on the sharing of knowledge and good practices between professionals in the judicial sector and other actors involved in several EU Member States.
This final conference was an opportunity for the project partners to present their outcomes. It took place in parrallel with the publication of the handbook for professionals on the prevention of juvenile radicalisation, produced as part of the project.
The event was opened with speeches by Raquel Jiménez Martos, from the International Juvenile Justice Observatory (Belgium), and Daniel Navalón Sesa, from Fundación Diagrama (Spain).
The first presentation of the day, on the “Analysis of strategies involved in radicalisation and recruitment of young people”, was given by Álvaro Vicente Palazón, from the Global Terrorism Programme of the Real Instituto Elcano (Spain), and chaired by Natalia García-Guilabert, from the International Juvenile Justice Observatory.
A session on “Comparative analysis of youth radicalisation in Europe” was then held, focusing on the presentation of national reports by representatives of several project partners, including Eduard Matt from the Ministry of Justice of Bremen (Germany), Ségolène de Puineuf from the Directorate of Judicial Protection of Youth of the Ministry of Justice (France), Juan José Periago Morant from Fundación Diagrama (Spain), Claudiu Raicu from the National Penitentiary Administration and the Romanian Intelligence Service (Romania), as well as Natalia García-Guilabert and Tallulah Hewett from the International Juvenile Justice Observatory. Julia Reinelt of the Violence Prevention Network (VPN) also joined them. The session was chaired by consultant Frances Sheahan (United Kingdom).
The following presentation, on “Prevention of radicalisation: Community perspective”, was given by Luisa Mérida Merenciano, co-author of the “Transversal Plan for the Conviviality and Prevention of Violent Radicalisation in the City of Málaga” (Spain), and Lotte Lucassen and Salma Mallouk of the Diamond Programme (Netherlands). Jolande uit Beitjerse, from the Erasmus School of Law of Erasmus University Rotterdam (Netherlands) chaired the session.
After lunch, the conference was followed by a symposium on community measures and sanctions in the field of radicalization prevention, given by Olad Aden of the Gangway program (Germany), and chaired by Maria João Leote de Carvalho of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Social Sciences of the New University of Lisbon (Portugal).
A presentation on programmes to prevent radicalisation in detention contexts and reintegration programmes was then given by Carlos Fernández Gómez, from the General Secretariat of Prisons Institutions (Spain), and chaired by Jonathan Van Durmen, from the International School of Juvenile Justice.
The last part of the seminar was devoted to “Children’s Rights for children recruited and used by terrorist groups”, presented by Philip D. Jaffé, of the Interfacultatary Centre for the Rights of the Child at the University of Geneva (Switzerland), and chaired by Raquel Jiménez Martos.
Article and photos taken from the website https://www.oijj.org/fr/prevention-juvenile-radicalisation-news