Mission:Open or Close
The core objective is to safeguard the open society which is based on the respect for every single human and on values such as freedom, equality, democracy, and dignity. These values lived by the open society are repeatedly being questioned by radical political and/or religious tendencies. They are even being cruelly attacked in most violent ways.
To counteract these threats is the goal of the centre against radicalization. An important guiding principle is the consistent implementation of what respect is all about:
R resilience, strengthening resilience
E equality, living of equality (equality before the law)
S solidarity, encouragement of solidarity
P perspectives, finding of perspectives
E empathy, enhancement of empathy
C communication, improvement of communication
T tolerance, definition of tolerance
Target groups:Open or Close
1. The civil society
2. the social environment
3. relatives and close friends
4. a person being in the process of becoming radicalized
respect.lu, the centre against radicalization is open to all people regardless their ideological, philosophical or religious beliefs.
Offers:Open or Close
- Awareness-raising measures as a prevention against radicalization. Adequate information concerning the process of radicalization and further education in the area of both issues, as well as the handling of radicalization tendencies in the direct setting (of schools, in the youth field, in the world of work, in public).
- Family support services and social environment assistant services from a person that runs the risk of becoming radicalized or that is in a radicalization process.
- Assistance to a person running the risk of becoming radicalized or being in a radicalization process in order to gain more clarity about the situation and follow a new direction if necessary.
- At a later stage, a person wanting to opt out of a radicalized context may also find assistance.
Philosophy:Open or Close
The universal human rights as well as the values of the open society (such as freedom, equality before the law, consideration of justified and existing societal norms or acceptance of individual fundamental rights) form the foundation of the centre´s philosophy.
It is free of any religious confession, politically neutral and attaches a high importance to positive communication that is based on respect and balance.
Team:Open or Close
respect.lu, the centre against radicalization, will be appointed in the medium term by a team of various psychosocial professions that reflects the multi-layered needs of the given requirements.
respect.lu, the centre against radicalization, employs currently four psychologists (1 full-time position, 3 half-time positions), a communication officer and one administrative employee (1 part-time position).
SOS Radicalisation a.s.b.l.:Open or Close
Extract from the statutes of SOS Radicalisation a.s.b.l. :
The progression of the terroristic threat and the professionalization in terms of propaganda and recruitment by terroristic groups illustrate that the phenomenon of violent radicalization is further developing and that Luxembourg is not exempt of this threat. It constitutes an infringement on the fundamental values of the Luxemburgish society, that are the values of
“respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights including the rights of persons belonging to minorities”
(art.2 of the Treaty on European Union).
and therefore necessitates the implementation of a tailored assistance.
In this context, an association named SOS Radicalisation NPO has been created on the 5th of May 2017
SOS Radicalisation a.s.b.l. is related to every action linked to the struggle against violent radicalization as well as radicalization leading up to hate speech threatening the Luxemburgish society, based on the fundamental values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights including the rights of persons belonging to minorities.
In this context, the association will manage a prevention and assistance center for the victims of violent radicalization and hate speech, hereafter named as “center”. The center offers awareness-raising-, information- and further education related actions as well as therapeutic support and assistance to people concerned by violent radicalization. The rules of procedure will define the functioning of the center.