In the last years, the different cases in which members of the armed forces were suspected or convicted for extremist activities, showed that the military is unfortunately not sparred from the scourge of racism, discrimination, xenophobia, intolerance as well as violent extremism.
In July 2020, further to these recent developments, EUROMIL published a Statement on Extremism in the Armed Forces, emphasising that extremism has no place in the military!
In the framework of its 123rd Presidium Meeting, EUROMIL will thus hold a panel discussion on “Tackling Extremism in the Armed Forces” which will explore the current situation with regard to systemic racism and extremism in the European armed forces and discuss how to tackle this issue. The discussion will also address the role of military associations in combatting racism and extremism in the armed forces. It will aim at identifying best practices and making recommendations to the political and military leadership on ensuring respect for democracy, human rights and the rule of law, by combatting violence, racism, extremism, xenophobia, discrimination and intolerance in the armed forces.
Moderator: Caroline Henrion, EUROMIL Policy Manager
- Mr Momodou Malcolm Jallow (Sweden, UEL), General Rapporteur on combating racism and intolerance and Coordinator of the No Hate Parliamentary Alliance, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
- LtCol Marcel Bohnert, initiator of the #WeAgainstExtremism campaign in Germany
- Ms Nicola Williams, former Service Complaints Ombudsman for the Armed Forces, United Kingdom
- Mr Fidel Gomez, representative of the “United Association of Spanish Military” – AUME
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