4 November 2014 (10.30-12.30) - Room 1 – Palais de l’Europe, Interpretation: FR/EN/RU - Sponsored by the Parliamentary Assembly and the Youth Department of the Council of Europe and the French branch of the International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism (LICRA) 


Right-wing extremism is on the rise in several states, and high rates of unemployment have further stoked anger against racial minorities and recent immigrants, often expressed in hate speech in new media and social networks. What are innovative ways for young people to fight against extremism online and offline?

Stork Heinar, Endstation Rechts, Germany

Stork Heinar is a parody on Nazi-ideology, run by unpaid volunteers. Stupidity of right-wing extremist propaganda is used to make fun of neo-Nazis and discourage their potential supporters. Using irony the stork has established itself as a stereotype figure in the fight against neo-Nazis and for democratic participation. Meanwhile, a „real“ stork accompanied by a pseudo-military brass-band brings action to the streets. About 25 young persons voluntarily commit themselves to support the campaign – for example through project days in schools, on demonstrations and on many other occasions.


Mr Julian BARLEN, Germany, Project Manager and Co-founder of "Stork Heinar", Member of the Parliament of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

Julian Barlen is a Hotel Manager and graduate economist from Germany. He is spokesperson for the Social Democrats on public health policies, aging society and anti-extremist initiatives in the Land parliament of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. As a co-founder and today’s voluntary project manager of the satirical anti-Nazi project „Stork Heinar“ he aims to contribute to attracting, inspiring and developing democratic participation – especially among younger people – by giving up-to-date information about current neo-Nazi strategies and offering low-threshold possibilities for taking a democratic attitude.

Mr Robert PATEJDL, Germany, Co-founder of “Stork Heinar”

Robert Patejdl is co-founder of the satirical project “Stork Heinar”. He is a medical doctor and researcher in biological sciences from Germany. Over the last fifteen years, he has worked in various projects dedicated to awareness and prevention of right-wing extremism, but also to matters of welfare policy. Currently, he is the chairperson of a local social democratic association. He is concerned with the refining of the “Stork Heinar’s” satirical identity based upon a humoristic reinterpretation of the historical background of recent right-wing extremists. Furthermore, he continues his voluntary work with „Stork Heinar“ as a member of the “Storchkraft-Band”, a performance-art project that is intended to offer a parodistic, non-aggressive counterpoint to established forms of public protest against neo-Nazism.

No-nazi.net, Amadeu-Antonio-Foundation, Germany

No-nazi.net is a model project under the legal roof of the Amadeu Antonio Foundation in Berlin. The team consists of five people and is operating mostly on a national level. The project is funded by a three year program of the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth and getting additional funds by the Freudenberg Foundation and other partners. Their work is based on monitoring, evaluating and combating hate speech and right-wing extremism in social networks and other parts of the digital world as well as promoting democratic values together with young activists online.

Website: http://no-nazi.net/


Mr Malte SWITKES VEL WITTELS, Germany, Amadeu Antonio Foundation

Malte Switkes vel Wittels is a historian and studied in Berlin and Vienna with a focus on memory cultures and research on antisemitism. After his studies he qualified in the field of cultural management and worked as a scientist in museums as well as for civil society organizations. For the Amadeu Antonio Foundation he operates as an expert in the framework of monitoring right-wing extremist strategies and online hate speech in social media and the digital world.


Discussants are invited to make critical comments during the lab on the impact, transferrability, sustainability and risk of the initiative.

Mr Simon BURKATZKI, France, Lawyer, International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism (LICRA)

Born in 1985, Simon Burkatzki is a lawyer practicing in Strasbourg. He studied at the Franco-German Saarbrücken Law Center and the University of Strasbourg. He is member of the Legal Committee of LICRA, and tries to fight against racism and anti-Semitism, whatever its forms and in all media. He represents LICRA before courts, including criminal courts. As part of the exercise of his profession, he is regularly confronted with hate speech online, especially revisionist propaganda.

Mr Nils MUIŽNIEKS, Commissioner for Human Rights at the Council of Europe

Nils Muižnieks was elected Commissioner for Human Rights on 24 January 2012 by the Parliamentary Assembly and took up his position on 1 April 2012. Born in 1964, Mr Muižnieks is a Latvian national educated in the United States of America, where he obtained a Ph.D. in political science at the University of California at Berkeley. He has been working in the field of human rights for the past two decades and has acquired extensive knowledge in the field of international human rights monitoring, training and education.


Mr Konstantinos TRIANTAFYLLOS, Greece, Member of Parliament, Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe 

Kostas is currently a Parliamentary Spokesman for the Pan-Hellenic Socialist Movement (PA.SO.K.) and a Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (CoE). He has participated in several NGOs related to human rights, youth participation and culture. He was a member of the Joint Council of the Youth Sector of the CoE and he has participated in several educational activities of the CoE. He insists on the need for creativity in democratic institutions, education and economy. He has added his voice to the establishment of a new antiracist law in Greece and even more recently, he has significantly contributed to the adoption of this law.



Ms Marietta DE POURBAIX-LUNDIN, Rapporteur on Counteraction to Manifestations of Neo-Nazism, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

Ms de Pourbaix-Lundin is a member of the Swedish Moderate Party, and was a member of the Swedish Parliament from 1985 until end of September 2014. She has been a member of the Swedish delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) since 2007 and Chairperson since 2011. Apart from the work for the Swedish Parliament, she also has political commitments at the municipal level, including holding the position of mayor and chairing the Haninge municipality council since 2006.


Mr Laurent SALLES