Strasbourg, 24-26 March 2015
Combatting radicalisation at grassroots level: the role of local and regional authorities
Resolution 381 (2015)
1. The recent attacks in European and other cities have brought home once again the fact that terrorism is still a threat to peace and security, undermining democracy and its institutions and the fundamental values defended by the Council of Europe. Among the responses being developed from the Council of Europe perspective, the prevention of radicalisation is one of the most relevant components to the Congress’ work and one which provides scope for local and regional authorities to act.
2. The Congress has been working for the last two decades on subjects aiming at establishing inclusive and resilient communities as a protective shield and element to prevent and fight radicalisation at local and regional level. In this context, it has produced recommendations on tackling terrorism, the integration and participation of people of immigrant origin, intercultural and interfaith dialogue as well as resolutions on urban crime prevention, on the fight against racism at local and regional level and on education for democratic citizenship.
3. Responding to the invitation from the Secretary General of the Council of Europe to contribute to the Council of Europe effort in this field and guided by relevant Congress texts, the Congress Bureau adopted, on 2 February 2015, a “Strategy to combat radicalisation at grassroots level” which proposes a series of activities to be carried out in the short, medium and long term at local and regional level, based on three pillars of action, namely awareness raising, synergies with Council of Europe bodies and synergies with other institutions.
4. The Congress supports the approach put forward by the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly in its resolution on the terrorist attacks in Paris adopted in January 2015, which proposes a concerted, democratic and measured response from all levels of governance to radicalisation leading to terrorism. The Congress also takes note of the statement made by the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe to the effect that policies which respect human rights undermine support for radicalism among potential recruits and increase public trust in the rule of law.
5. In the light of the above, the Congress commits itself to:
6. The Congress invites the local and regional authorities of the member States of the Council of Europe to: