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SME - 6.4.2017 - Al-Káida bolo vytriezvenie, hovorí Brit, ktorý odhovára mladých od džihádu 

SME - 6.4.2017 - Krym sa môže oslobodiť len diplomatickou cestou, tvrdí vodca krymských Tatárov - 6.4.2017 - Chcel bojovať po boku al-Káidy, nakoniec sa postavil proti nej - 6.4.2017 - Haló, tu je Putin. O čom chcel hovoriť s lídrom Krymských Tatárov? - 10.4.2017 - V Moskve sa ľudia radšej nepriznávajú, že sú z Krymu - 10.4.2017 - Desivé spomienky Bjorna Ihlera: Čo sa dialo na ostrove Utöya, keď útočil Breivik

Denník N - 6.4.2017 - Z Krymu ho vyhnal Stalin, teraz ho tam nepustí Putin. Začne sa to pasmi, končí tankami, hovorí Mustafa Džemilev

Denník N - 5.4.2017 - Namieril na mňa a vystrelil, našťastie, bol mizerný strelec, hovorí muž, ktorý o centimetre prežil Breivikov útok

Pravda Víkend - 11.4.2017 - Sajeda Shawa: Frustrácia zo Sýrie? Humanitárny pracovník musí rozdávať nádej - 7.4.2017 - Čudoval som sa, ako je možné, že píšu takto prorusky, hovorí o slovenskom médiu vodca krymských Tatárov Džemilev

Dennik N - 13.4.2017 - Nehovorte im, že sa mýlia. Bývalý bojovník al-Káidy radí, ako na voličov Kotlebu 

Denník N - 20.4.2017 - Keď mi Dáiš popravil brata, médiá zareagovali zvrhlo, presne ako teroristi chceli

RTVS rozhlas - 6.4.2017 - Interview with Mustafa Džemilev in K veci 

RTVS rozhlas - 11.4.2017 - Interview with Mustafa Džemilev in Správy a komentáre 

Dennik N - 21.4.2017 - Ľudia volia fašistov, pretože tí jediní ich počúvajú, hovorí Nemec, ktorý pracuje s radikálmi

Pravda Víkend - 10.5.2017 - Exčlen Al-Kajdá tvrdí, že od radikálov sa môžeme priučiť

Čierna Labuť - 23.5.2017 - Ideológia nie je prírodná veda. Treba o nej diskutovať, hovorí sociálny pracovník, ktorý pracuje s mladými extrémistami




April 5th, 2017

Introductory Panel “Conflict transformation and violence”

Moderator: Karolína Miková (Slovakia)

 Julia Roig (USA), President of PartnersGlobal in Washington. In the past, she had managed projects and long worked in post-conflict areas such as Serbia, Colombia and El Salvador. She is an expert in the fields of Conflict resolution and participation. As President, Julia has solidified private sector partnerships to reach development goals and has spearheaded linkages with entertainment and advertising industry leaders to support peacebuilding efforts.

In her presentation, Julia Roig will be giving examples of approaches and programs that are dedicated to conflict transformation and violence prevention in (the context of) value based conflicts happening across the globe.



As a Humanitarian Affairs Officer at the Office of the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria Crisis, Sajeda Shawa (Jordan) has an immense experience in the field of conflict transformation and violence prevention and is passionately active in the domain of individual social responsibility, voluntarily supporting women, youth and young professionals in the areas of humanitarian field, entrepreneurship and innovation via local platforms. Her determination to serve the local community and introduce positive change is highly inspiring and admirable. Ms. Shawa dreams about the integration of “ humanitarian culture” in the educational systems around the world creating a sense of compassion to those who need help and those who can help – regardless what the mean of help is.

Ms. Shawa will talk about years of her experience in conflict prevention and transformation, the role of civil society in that process and the intercultural dialogue that aims to promote inclusion, integration and nonviolence in our respective, ever changing realties.


 Mustafa Dzhemilev – iconic leader of the Crimean Tatars, nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, member of Parliament of Ukraine. He survived Stalin´s deportation of 1944, and all his life headed the non-violent struggle of Crimean Tatars for their right to return to their homeland. As a frequent political prisoner during Soviet times, he holds a record of the longest hunger strike (303 days). Mr. Dzhemilev is one of the greatest politicians of our time. He publicly spoke against the invasion of Soviet troops to Czechoslovakia in 1968, which cost him his freedom. Crimean Tatars were the only group ever able to hold peaceful occupation of the Red Square in Moscow. In the summer of 1987, more than 1500 people were demonstrating for the right to their homeland for several weeks. Despite complicated Ukrainian politics since 1991, life threats, and blackmail from president Putin, Mustafa Dzhemilev remains unmoved on the principles of non-violence derived from Islam and The Quran. Mustafa Dzhemilev on Maidan

During the panel about conflict transformation he will speak about his vast experience of freedom fighting without using violence and what he has achieved with such approach. Is it working? Is it worth the patience and dedication? 


Main Panel “A story of personal transformation”

Moderator: Dušan Ondrušek (Slovakia)

Mike Haines’ (Scotland) brother David Haines was a British aid worker who was beheaded by ISIS. David had been working for the international relief agency, when in March 2013 he was ambushed and kidnapped on the Turkish border and held captive in Syria for 18 months. In September 2014 a video of his murder was released.

Mike Haines will be presenting his personal story of how he has been influenced by his brother’s life and death. Instead of calling for hatred and vengeance, Mike has decided to spread the message of tolerance, understanding and non-violence.




 Hanif Qadir (UK), Counter-Terrorism Strategist, Founder of Active Change Foundation

A former foreign fighter himself, Hanif once joined Al Qaeda members in Afghanistan, but was deterred by the crimes he saw being committed against civilians and turned his back on them. Upon his return to the UK, he vowed to safeguard young men and women from similar experiences, losing their lives and harming their communities.

Among his many missions is encouraging countries and their leaders to invest in their young people in order to create positive futures and personal resilience before extremists could invest in them. At the same time, Hanif and his team are actively involved in using social media to engage Muslims in condemning ISIS, like in their ‘Not in my name’ campaign. Hanif Qadir is the CEO of the Active Change Foundation, a London-based organization he co-founded in 2003 to encourage young people to embrace a positive future, and to help young people in danger of becoming radicalized.

Hanif Qadir will be sharing his story of a personal transformation from a fighter of Al Qaeda to a professional worker preventing endangered youth in London from radicalisation.


13:00 Art Exhibition: Juraj Mravec (Slovakia), Photography

Juraj is a young Slovak photographer, cameraman and director. He studied in Bratislava and was awarded by the Slovak Press Photo in the category reportage in 2015. In 2016 he presented his documentary film debut about Ukraine called Mir Vam. In his projects he documents places, where an ordinary person would never get. His destinations are Ukraine or Iraq, but he finds his way also to places such as the prison in Ilava, Slovakia.

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Parallel panel 1 “Interfaith Abrahamic dialogue. How can different religions encourage dialogue and prevent violence?

Moderator: Mario Nicolini (Slovakia)

Marek Degro (Slovakia) is director of the Anton Tunega Foundation, a political academy and think tank
located in Bratislava. Until April 2015, he chaired the Christian Democratic Youth of Slovakia, the youth organisation of KDH (Christian Democratic Movement)..

Dr. Salah Mehager (Slovakia) is Social activits, founder of Muslim Students Association and director of Center for cutlural dialogue in Nitra, Slovakia with an experience in Muslim-Christian Dialogue, which he realised for Sheikh Mohammed Centre for cutlural understanding in Dubai

Barbora Majling is a political activist. ​​Currently Vice President of the European Union of Jewish Students and formerly Vice President of the Austrian Union of Jewish Students, Barbora has been for years engaged in intercultural dialogue and Jewish advocacy.


Parallel panel 2 “(De-)radicalisation of Youth” Call to action. How can we prevent radicalisation of youth?

Moderator: Oliver Kossack (Germany)

Bjørn Magnus Jacobsen Ihler (NO) is a survivor of the July 2011 attacks on Utøya island in Norway when right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik shot and killed 69 people and injured 110 others. Bjørn is now working against extremism and hatred through a variety of means including writing, talks, filmmaking and theatre productions on related topics.

Bjørn Ihler will be leading the workshop Storytelling and Violence. This workshop will discuss how the transformational effect of stories can both perpetuate violence and promote healing with the use of tools like restorative storytelling.



Rebeka Dóra Kajos (Hungary) has worked with troubled background kids and teenagers since her high school years. She currently works in an alternative vocational school for disadvantaged youth in Budapest as a mentor, international project coordinator, and non-formal education teacher.

At our conference, Rebeka will provide and insight into young people’s minds and discuss the various ways of how to prevent youth radicalisation.


 “People who feel constantly excluded from society will start to exclude themselves. To (re-) integrate them is not a spectacular single challenge but an everyday job that needs patience and passion” says Stefan Schützler, who is a social street worker for the organisation Streetwork BP Gangway e.V in the eastern part of Berlin since 1994. He has worked with many subcultural groups but his work is mainly focused on young German natives from a weak social background.

You can meet Stefan at our April conference in Bratislava, where he will talk about Youth radicalisation and prevention of radicalisation programmes.


 Rado Sloboda (Slovakia) founded an anti-extremist platform NOT IN OUR TOWN (NIOT) in Banská Bystrica and worked as its coordinator for 3 years. He currently works as an expert for NIOT and as a programme director of Socratic institute which educates young social leaders for civic society.

At our conference, Rado will share his experience with prevention and deradicalisation on local level through nonformal education, art and approaches of German organisation Cultures Interactives



Parallel Interactive Workshop 1 “Local Governance and anti-radical policies”

Alena H. Chudžíková (Slovakia) is a social psychologist and a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for the Research of Ethnicity and Culture. Main areas of her work and expertise include social and cultural integration of migrants and refugees, social identity issues and political discourses on minorities. For the past four years she has been focusing her research and advocacy activities on the role of municipalities and other local level actors in integration of migrants and fostering of social cohesion.

Given her experience with local authorities, Alena will discuss their role as important actors in prevention of youth radicalisation.



 Elena Gallová-Kriglerová (Slovakia),a co-founder and current director of the Centre for the Research of Ethnicity and Culturedeals daily with the issues of integration of migrants and minorities, interethnic relations, social cohesion cooperation with municipalities and many others. She has managed and supervised several research projects examining the status of the Roma people and migrants in Slovakia.

Facing one of the most pressing issues nowadays – the rise of radicalism – Elena will explore roles of different local level actors in preventing radicalisation of youth.


Parallel Interactive Workshop 2 “Towards the real solutions of de-radicalisation, what works and what doesn't”

Jasmeet Sahotay (Romania), is a researcher and practitioner with the Department of Peace Operations of Peace Action, Training and Research Institute of Romania focusing on research and development of practical, evidence-based policies and measures for addressing violent radicalisation and extremism. He currently works on the Horizon 2020 "Project Takedown" – a project whose aim is to holistically tackle the problems of terrorism and organised crime in Europe – where he is involved in development of a library of responses identifying key lessons learned and what works and doesn’t work in addressing radicalisation and violent extremism.

In his workshop, Jasmeet will discuss the key issues in how we approach radicalisation and violent extremism, why some of what we’re doing often makes the situation worse, and what can be done to make it better.


Parallel Interactive Workshop 3 “Stadiums as a mirror of our society”

For more than 10 years he has been a member of the Łódzki Klub Sportowy Supporters Association, where he is involved in an organisation of an anti-Semitic campaigns and Christmas Eve for the children with difficult social background. He is fascinated by sociological aspect of supporters culture around the world. He has visited stadiums all over the Poland as well as in Rostock, Belgrade, Bogota, Guayaquil, Nairobi and many other grounds. In all these places he tried to discover and understand the local culture of football fanatics.

Piotr Chmielewski (Poland) will tell you all about his findings and experience during his workshop “Stadium as a mirror of our society”, focused on the processes that lead to aggression and escalation of violence in football culture.


Parallel Interactive Workshop 4 “Position-based Bargaining in Reverse”

Aubrey Hamilton (Belgium) is currently based in Yerevan, Armenia as an International Research Fellow with the Caucasus Research Resource Center where she focuses on ethnic outbidding, social militarization, and the mediation, resolution and transformation of ethno-nationalist, territorial and self-determination conflicts. Having worked with CSOs, think tanks, and NGOs in Belgium, Germany, Kosovo, and the United States, Aubrey enjoys bringing people together from around the world to engage in dialogue and to find unique ways to address identity-related and value-laden conflicts, security, and conflict mediation, resolution and transformation.

At Aubrey’s workshop, participants will get the chance to explore and examine the topics of position-based bargaining, (re)humanization of the ‘other’ and identity-based and territorial conflicts.


18:00 Book Launch "Yahoo Boys and Other Stories” by Dušan Ondrušek 

The book written by Dušan is full of sensitive sadly-ridiculous excerpts of stories about people, who find themselves somewhere on the edge. Whether they are absurdly reproduced ethnical boundaries in the Balkans, boundaries of respect toward human dignity in Belorussia, religious boundaries of fighting for life in Iraq or just boundaries of understanding the unfairness anywhere in the world.

It’s good that the third series of Dušan’s gossips are coming out right now, in the time, where many people in Slovakia, and not only, are promoting building of boundaries. They propose to separate the nationalities, religions, to defend their own identity by rejecting others, to save the welfare behind the wall.

Dušan loves a discussion. He likes to try to perceive things in all colors, flavors, aspects. His attentiveness and sense of humor are helping to see and encourage the aspiration of understanding. Stories are empowered by photos of Andrej Bán.



April 6th, 2017

Parallel panel 1: Simulation of conflicts and violence: “Truth and reconciliation commission (TRC) in South Africa”

 Dagmar Kusá (Slovakia) teaches political science at the Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts, e.g. courses on International Conflict and Conciliation and Narratives of Peace, Conflict, and Justice: Transition in Post-Apartheid South Africa. She was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for Social Science Research at the University of Cape Town and is currently researching the institutional choices for addressing the past chosen during the times of transitions in South Africa and Slovakia and their impact on the quality of democracy today. For the past eight years, she has helped to organize the annual global Muslim Jewish Conference, where she leads the Committee on Conflict Transformation.

At the conference Dagmar will facilitate the simulation on Truth and Reconciliation Committee and provide expertise on its content.

Dušan Ondrušek (Slovakia) president of PDCS, is well-known for his outstanding skills and experience in the field of training and consultancy (over 1200 training courses in 40 different countries in CEE region and elsewhere). As a trainer and consultant, he has been focusing primarily on organization development, alternative ways of conflict resolution, international development issues and non-violent communication.

Dušan will fully engage participants in the “truth versus justice” debate in the context of societies emerging from conflicts during the simulation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission at our April conference.


13:00 Art Exhibition: Tomáš Rafa (Slovakia), Photography

Tomáš is a young Slovak visual artist, laureate of the Oscar Čepan award 2011. After studies in Banská Bystrica and Warsaw, he is collecting visual material in the V4 countries on a long-term basis, focusing on a key question: where is the boundary between patriotism and nationalism? Racism, xenophobia, protests, demonstrations and blockades are his topics. He rather presents the material "as it is", without declaring his attitude, thus implicitly criticizing the common manipulation of media.

Foto zdroj: creative time 


Parallel Interactive Workshop 1 “Countering propaganda and extremist narratives”

Bjørn Magnus Jacobsen Ihler (NO) is a survivor of the July 2011 attacks on Utøya island in Norway when right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik shot and killed 69 people and injured 110 others. Bjørn is now working against extremism and hatred through a variety of means including writing, talks, filmmaking and theatre productions on related topics.

Bjørn Ihler will be leading the workshop Storytelling and Violence. This workshop will discuss how the transformational effect of stories can both perpetuate violence and promote healing with the use of tools like restorative storytelling.



Parallel Interactive Workshop 2 “Civic actors and violence they are subjected to”

Antonina Fonari (Moldova), president of the National Council of NGOs for the Republic of Moldova, is a well-known and respected opinion leader with many years of experience in the promotion of civil society, tolerance, conflict resolution, democratic leadership, advocacy and lobby. She has been awarded with “Civic Merit” Award of the Republic of Moldova for promoting youth/health policy and intensive organizational and civic activity and several UN prizes for promoting and defending human rights.

Antonina will share her rich knowledge and experience in the civic sector at her workshop about civic activists and the violence they may be subjected to.

Andrei Gaiu (Moldova) from Platform for Active Citizenship and Human Rights Partnership is actively involved in the civic sector in the Republic of Moldova. His experience includes coordinating the National Volunteering Week 2016, which resulted in more than 600 activities, with about 560 authorities, institutions and organizations involved.

Andrei, together with Antonina Fonari, will discuss the various types of violence civic activists can be faced with and how to act in such situations.




Parallel Interactive Workshop 3 “Hate for Free”

Lukáš Houdek (Czech Republic) studies Roma studies in the Faculty of Psylosophy at the Charles University in Prague. He is a coordinator of czech governmental campaign HateFreeCulture, which reacts to the hateful actions of society ( He is also managing publishing house of Roma literature KHER. Also, he is actively participating in art work, where he mainly deals with issueas such as identity, violance and hate or injustice (








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