New: Launched the Observatory for the Prevention of Extremist Violence (OPEV) 

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Platform created after the validation of the Plan of Action for the Prevention of All Forms of Violent Extremism, the main outcome of the Barcelona Conference.

From January 28th to 30th, Barcelona hosted the conference Towards a new paradigm: Preventing Violent Extremism”, involving 322 people representing 172 institutions from 22 countries of the Euro-Mediterranean region. The conference, co-organized by NOVACT and the CMODH, allowed the participatory definition of the Plan of Action of the Euro-Mediterranean region for the prevention of ALL forms of violent extremism. Understood as a regional and transnational agreement, the Action Plan is endowed with 91 activities, classified into a decalogue of objectives. The measures include the creation of an Observatory for the Prevention of Extremist Violent (OPEV), which will be in charge of the implementation and monitoring of this document, as well as being the platform among the signatory organizations.

The Plan of Action is a firm commitment of the region’s civil society in its preventive role. It also challenges the current definition of violent extremism to include in this category ALL forms of violent extremism, avoiding the stigmatization of any group. It also emphasizes the enormous human rights costs generated by anti-terrorist policies and to denounce how violent extremism is used to stigmatize social movements and CSO working in social transformation and human rights promotion.

Both the Observatory and the Plan of Action are being presented this week in Tunis and similar events are planned in Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Madrid and Barcelona. Citizens who wish to consult the Plan of Action (English and French versions at the moment), as well as civil society organisation wishing to join the document, can consult the OPEV website.