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Statement of opinion on the prevention of radicalisation

Statement of opinion on the prevention of radicalisation
Date de publication : 18/05/17
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Statement of opinion on the prevention of radicalisation

The failure of the "Rehabilitation and citizenship center", closed in February 2017, has shown the limits of the figfht against "radicalisation". A Senate's mission of information regarding the reversal of indoctrination and the rehabilitation of djihadists has underlined these weaknesses. The national consultative commission for Human rights expresses strong criticism with regard to mechanisms of detection and handling of "radicalised" individuals.

The institutional responses to the detection of radicalised individuals vary depending on the degree of radicalisation observed. On the one hand, so called anti-radicalisation policies aim to make individuals leave an ideology, without an act having necessarily been carried out, at the risk of promoting a slip into thought policing and a stigmatising or even discriminatory processing as regards Muslims. On the other hand, the notion of radicalisation can also sometimes have worrying repercussions on administrative policy and criminal law. By focusing on fighting religious or ideological convictions, the public authorities involve themselves in the domain of restrictions of freedoms, of conscience or of religion.

In the end, the public authorities set up a net of detection which is too vast with regards to what is necessary for the objective of fighting terrorism (I), and then suggest mechanisms to be taken which are not only expensive, often unsuitable and the source of disproportionate infringements upon freedoms, but which also risk still being counter-productive (II).