The Council of Europe HELP Programme and DeRad

Granada 22-26 January 2018
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The Human Rights Education Programme for Legal Professionals (HELP) of the Council of Europe and its Project on prevention of radicalisation leading to terrorism were presented to the participants of the Training of the Trainers for experts on Prevention of Radicalisation held in Granada, Spain, on 22 - 26 January 2018.

The seminar took place in the premises of the Euroarab Foundation which is one of the partners of the European Union funded program DeRad, which aims to contribute to the alignment of European strategies with member states initiatives as tools to counter radicalisation. One of the objectives of the program is to train 50 experts across 26 European Union member states who will be in charge of providing specialised training to 2 000 forefront practitioners in the field of counter-radicalisation leading to criminal actions (judges, prosecutors, prison officers, law enforcement agents, volunteers and legal practitioners) in the two-year period 2018-2019.

The training was divided in several modules and was delivered by experts from the non-governmental organisation Agenfor International. The activities were oriented to enhance the knowledge of participants in a cross-sectorial view of the different aspects regarding prevention of radicalisation leading to terrorism. The HELP Programme participated to provide expertise and broaden its database of experts; it was a good opportunity to exchange experiences and best practices in view of the development of the European Union-Council of Europe HELP Radicalisation Prevention Project.

On this occasion prison officers, prison managers, lawyers, specialists on data protection and specialists in criminal law as well as criminologists from six European Union member states (Spain, Greece, Cyprus, Portugal, Malta, Belgium and France) were invited. As a result of this activity, experts from different countries must from now on develop national versions of training based on a mixed on-site and on-line system adapted to the specificities of their different national legal systems.

As an outcome of the event and the presentation of HELP, more synergies will be ensured between DeRad and the HELP project on radicalisation. Relevant experts were identified in order to collaborate with future Council of Europe projects and participants were invited to participate in activities related to the HELP project on radicalisation prevention.

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