18th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights – Training Human Rights & Prevention of Violent Extremism
16-20 September 2019
I was one of the selected delegates for the week-long 18th Informal Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Seminar on Human Rights Training on “Human Rights & Prevention of Violent Extremism” in my capacity as one of the lead researchers for an ongoing research on outstanding Philippine local government innovations on the nexus of peace and development.
The Informal Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Seminar on Human Rights promotes mutual understanding and co-operation between Asia and Europe in the area of political dialogue, particularly on human rights issues, and encourages an open and non-confrontational debate between representatives of civil society organisations and officials from all ASEM Partners. The Seminar series is co-organised by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), the Raoul Wallenberg Institute, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development of France, the Department of the Foreign Affairs of the Philippines, the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China. In 2017, the co-organisers introduced a capacity-building component on human rights to support the Seminar’s overall objective of promoting mutual understanding and cooperation on human rights issues in ASEM. Capacity-building will be delivered via an annual human rights training, related to the Seminar theme.
The objectives of the training are to increase participants’ knowledge on human rights and PVE in the context of Asia and Europe, as well as to enhance their capacity to develop measures to prevent violent extremism with respect for human rights. Through the training, participants will:
• Learn means to implement the UN Secretary-General’s Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism across regional, national and community levels
• Gain theoretical and practical learning on how to apply a human rights-based approach to preventing violent extremism
• Improve understanding of human rights in the context of ASEM/Asia-Europe relations
The participants were early to mid-level practitioners (3−10 years relevant work experience) from across the ASEM Partners:
o ASEM government ministries (such as Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Justice or Education)
o National and regional human rights institutions
o Civil society organisations working on human rights, peace, security and/or with young people;
o Educators working in the field of human rights and/or PVE
Associazione Italiana di Cooperazione Europa Mondo (AICEM)
AICEM is a non-profit youth organisation, with its head office in Italy. AICEM is composed of more than 40 active volunteers whose main aim is promoting participatory forms of cooperation, which benefit from collaboration and partnerships between the civil society and local, national, European and International organisations, to implement processes of development that respect cultural diversity while preserving local peculiarities. In order to achieve its objectives, AICEM has based its work on (1) local, national and international cooperation, (2) trainings and education, (3) intercultural dialogue and exchange, by promoting activities related to four macro-areas: sustainable development; health, sport and healthy lifestyles; human rights; citizenship and participation; and integration and social Inclusion. AICEM has pursued its objectives by promoting the implementation of educational projects based on Non- Formal Education Methodologies both at the local and international level. In Italy, volunteers are active in 5 regions. At the international level, AICEM is member of ADYNE, the African diaspora network in Europe, permanent member of the Alcohol Policy Youth Network (APYN), member of the European Youth Foundation, No Hate Speech Movement Campaign, and has served as the official Italian translator of Bookmark manual. AICEM is also supporting the work of strand 3 of SDG Watch Europe a EU-level, cross-sectoral CSO alliance of NGOs with the goal to hold governments to account for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
International Coalition of Peacebuilders (ICP)
ICP is an informal coalition of peacebuilders, trainers, facilitators, consultants, experts and educators from around the world coming together to further their common goal and mission of promoting peace, non-violence, sustainability and human rights. As experts in their respective fields, they have had the opportunity to collaborate on multiple projects in various roles. Believing in the power of collaboration and mutual benefits, the members actively engage with each other to provide the best experience to the stakeholders they work with. Members of ICP are conscious practitioners of nonviolence not only in the professional arena of work, but also strive to live the same values of respect for the dignity of life and human rights in their daily lives. They practice various forms of self-reflection and continuous learning that allows them to actively challenge themselves, question their assumptions and practice their work with integrity.