How to handle radicalisation within your organisation: the Belgium experience

An interview with Annie Devos. 

On the 24th of May 2014, Belgium was confronted with a terrorist attack for the first time. The attack on the Jewish Museum was carried out by a Foreign Terrorist Fighter and four people died. Unfortunately this was not the last terrorist attack in the country. Radicalisation is an important issue for the Houses of Justice nowadays. We talked to Annie Devos, CEP Vice President and Director of Maison de Justice, about the problems the Houses of Justice have faced and about how they deal with this new issues.


New project: Preventing Radicalisation through Probation and Release

On the 22nd of november 2017, the European Forum for Urban Security (Efus) kicked-off their new project: Preventing Radicalisation through Probation and Release (PREPARE). PREPARE’s general objective is to contribute to prevent radicalisation through deradicalisation, disengagement and rehabilitation programmes in release and probation, notably through multi-agency partnerships that include local authorities. 

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The role of religion in post-release re-integration of former extremists

An article by Julie Norman

Religious ideology is just one of many drivers for violent extremism. Indeed, our research has indicated that in most cases, drivers such as frustrations, grievances, and lack of purpose or belonging fuel radicalisation more than religious beliefs. However, religion can be exploited to provide a legitimation for violent extremism during radicalisation processes and during periods of incarceration. Voluntary faith-based interventions can thus be helpful in the toolbox of outreach for effective reintegration after release.


Terrorism and the terrorist – Understanding Radicalisation: The Implications for Criminal Justice practitioners

An article by Orla Lynch

In an effort to understand terrorism, particularly for those individuals who work with the perpetrators of political violence, it is vital that we separate the notion of terrorism from the terrorist. Terrorism is a highly politicised term, a pejorative label applied unevenly across groups. However, for criminal justice, counseling and security professionals acting within the confines of particular legal or social services systems, the terrorist actor must be understood and considered in his/her local context in conjunction with the entirety of their social network, personal background, ideological affiliations and offending history.


Jihadist Dehumanisation Scale: an interesting way to assess radicalisation

​An article by researchers from the University of Nantes

The International Center for the prevention of Crime literature review identifies two models (McCauley & Moskalenko [4] (2008) and Stahelski [5] (2005)), out of six trajectories of homegrown radicalism in the West, involving dehumanisation as a stage before any violent action ideologically motivated. Dehumanisation, which is the act of perceiving or treating people as if they are less than human, might constitute the “individual change” that occurs for violent individual in a context of Muslim radicalisation, even if transitions mechanisms are not very clear. Dehumanisation has emerged as a major research issue on intergroup relations in the last sixty years, especially on racial and ethnic discriminations and violence, but also more recently on intergroup relations with immigrants, asylum seekers and psychiatric patients.


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