On 10 June in Rome, FRA took part in a panel debate during a conference on countering online extremism and terrorist recruitment, organised by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
The panel debate focused on prevention and countering extremism during which FRA spoke of how better inclusion is the best of prevention, countering the root causes of alienation. FRA also underlined how the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights can help guide people by signposting rights and responsibilities to improve respect and tolerance as a buffer to radicalisation. Here mainstreaming civic and human rights education was viewed as critical, both among the general public and professionals. FRA also spoke of the need to develop positive narratives to counter violent and non-violent extremist views, especially online where many young potentially impressionable people are present. For this partnerships are key and the EU’s recent code of conduct with IT companies was cited as a good example.