The threat of terrorism is constantly one of the greatest concerns for European citizens. However, militant Jihadism is only the tip of an iceberg of a much larger problem, which is Islamic Extremism. Its non-violent form as political Islamism does not pose an immediate threat to lives, property and national security, but it creates the ideological background for violent radicalization, public disorder and social tensions.

Systems of internal security on national and European level are today relatively advanced when it comes to counterterrorism. Nevertheless, more subtle forms of Islamist propaganda and recruitment often pass untouched or even unnoticed, even though they aim at the removal of basic principles of liberal democracy and human rights.

This year HOMEAFFAIRS will focus on ways how prevention of Islamic Extremism could be advanced in liberal democracies and thus more effectively avoid unnecessary social polarisation, radicalisation and violence. 

Participation at the HOMEAFFAIRS 2019 is based on invitation only. You can request further information at homeaffairs@evropskehodnoty.cz

 

Day 1: Tuesday 19 November 2019  

15:00 — 16:30

Islamic Extremism in Europe: State of Play and Major Trends

This roundtable will take stock of the situation and developments on the Islamic extremist scene in Europe, especially in Germany, France, the United Kingdom as well as in the Visegrad Group countries. The focus of the discussion will be organizations, groups and movements propagating mainly non-violent forms of Islamic Extremism.

17:00 — 18:30

Prevention of Islamic Extremism in Europe: Good Practices, Bad Practices, and Innovative Measures

This roundtable will reflect on the policy measures and legislative instruments that have been used in the field of prevention of non-violent Islamic Extremism in EU member states. Attention will be paid to lessons learned as well as to new inspiring initiatives.

Day 2: Wednesday 20 November 2019

09:30 — 11:00

Islamic Extremism and the Role of Malign Foreign Influence

This roundtable will focus on the role of foreign entities (especially from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Iran, and Turkey) within Islamist propaganda and radicalisation in Europe. Emphasis will be put on effective countermeasures protecting domestic vulnerable communities from hostile foreign influences. 

11:30 — 13:00

Raising Awareness about Extremist Actors and Publications

This roundtable will discuss how to improve awareness among the general public as well as within vulnerable communities, especially about preachers and pamphlets that propagate removal of basic principles of liberal democracy and human rights, and therefore count as extremist.

  • Religious preachers with an entry ban
  • All-European lists of extremists
  • Possibilities for limiting the free movement of extremists in Europe
  • Indicative lists of extremist publication and resources

14:00 — 15:30

Restraining Proliferation of Salafism: The Case for Burqa Ban

This roundtable will evaluate national measures against propagation and proliferation of Salafi extremist ideology and practices. Special emphasis will be put on experiences with legislations banning veils preventing facial recognition in public in France, Belgium, Austria, Denmark and the Netherlands. 

16:00 — 17:30

BRIEFING FOR MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT:

Prevention of Islamic Extremism in Europe – Best Practices and Lessons Learned

  • Channels of communication with the Muslim communities
  • Raising awareness about extremist actors and publications
  • Monitoring early signs of radicalisation in prisons and schools
  • Restraining proliferation of extremism: the case for burqa ban

 18:00 — 19:30

PUBLIC DEBATE: Protection of Europe from Terrorism: Role of the European Union in Prevention of Islamic Extremism

This public debate will discuss the role of the EU in light of the European Parliament’s Special Report on Terrorism adopted one year ago.

Day 3: Thursday 21 November 2019            

09:30 — 11:00

Role of Civil Society in Prevention of Islamic Extremis

This roundtable will discuss what the short- and medium-term objectives are for civil society organizations promoting prevention of Islamic extremism at the national and European level.