Europe – in particular the CEE region – is experiencing a rise in polarising political and social movements characterized by Euroscepticism, chauvinism and xenophobia, radicalisation and incidents of violent extremism. These tendencies appear where a loss of societal trust, marginalisation and inflamed community tension perpetuates group-on-group discrimination or stigmatization. To develop effective detection and response interventions a systematic and targeted approach needs to be adopted for each stage of the cycle.
Central and Eastern Europe are experiencing a revitalization of ethno-nationalist political movements. Youth between 18 and 26 are a priority when tackling this issue: they are a particularly susceptible to online propaganda and extremism, also they are increasingly forming the centre of these movements.
For children and young people growing up in an increasingly digitised world, cyber bullying is a big worry. A new Europe-wide campaign ‘Words are Stones’ is mobilising a youth network of bloggers, influencers, and activists across the continent to say enough is enough. Cyber bullying is defined as any form of bullying which occurs online.
The adoption of the principle of the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP) in 2005 is an achievement of the liberal world order. In paying distinct attention to the protection of human rights and populations, including minorities, it is a triumph of multilateralism. It represents an important milestone on the road to “never again”.
The world changes from day to day. Change is a constant phenomenon that must not be over or underestimated. It is almost impossible to forecast the intensity and length of emerging trends. The process may take years, even decades. Changes automatically impact the development and evolution of the identity of individuals and societies.
The Budapest Centre for Mass Atrocities Prevention releases its Statement to pay special tribute to Raphael Lemkin for his pioneering work and tireless struggle for the adoption of the Genocide Convention on 9 December 1948, as a direct response to the systematic and planned extermination of the Jewish people during the Holocaust as well as to the crimes committed by the Stalinist regime.