Plan to rescue youths from far-right
13 December 2006, AMSTERDAM — The multicultural institute Forum will set up a special programme with the Interior and Justice ministries and the anti-terrorism co-ordinator NCTb to guide people with far-right ideas away from extremism.
13 December 2006
AMSTERDAM — The multicultural institute Forum will set up a special programme with the Interior and Justice ministries and the anti-terrorism co-ordinator NCTb to guide people with far-right ideas away from extremism.
The Dutch government hopes the programme will lead followers out of the far-right world. They can be given a job, education and in some cases, even a new identity.
The programme is a recommendation of the Racism and Extremism Monitor drawn up by Leiden University and the Anne Frank Foundation. It was published on Wednesday.
The researchers investigated subjects such as racism and extremist violence, radicalisation of Muslim youths, Islam phobia, identification and prosecution for discriminatory incidents and sentences for racist violence.
They said the number of such incidents has risen by 14 percent from 260 in 2003 to 296 in 2005. But of more concern is that violence is becoming more violent. It is also difficult to combat because it is unorganised.
Discriminatory language, especially about Muslims, is often found on the internet.
Anne Frank Foundation researcher Jaap van Donselaar said it is not just solitary individuals expressing "very radical" statements on internet forums.
He said it is vital that people who have not yet become hardcore far-right extremists to bring them out of that world via de-radicalisation programmes based on German models.
In Germany, similar projects are already operating in which the hardcore element of far-right groups are isolated and deprived of 'followers'.
Social workers make contact with the followers and try to explain that they will come to no good by following such ideas. The girlfriend or wife of the extremist is also contacted, because she often wants her man to stop with such ideas.
They are then offered help over a four-year period to give them better future prospects and a better relationship with parents and other family members.
The Dutch researchers said the German project is successful because it is well structured.
The researchers are also urging for greater focus on the problem of right-wing extremism by the Justice Ministry, claiming that laws are in place but without adequate maintenance
Municipalities have been urged to keep better watch of public disturbances, for example, if youths chant anti-Semitic slogans at right-wing demonstrations.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news