EFRJ Newsflash
October 2016 (I)

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RJ WEEK 2016
      The International RJ WEEK will take place on 20-27 November 2016. Also this year, the EFRJ is organising a series of events in Leuven on the main theme 'Arts, Storytelling and Justice'. If you cannot join us, we invite you to get involved by sharing your own RJ story or your own RJ event with us! The EFRJ website will be a platform for sharing events going on across Europe and beyond during this week: keep us informed!
CJPE Workshop on Alternatives to Detention


Registrations are open for the workshop on Alternatives to Detention organised by the Criminal Justice Platform Europe (CJPE) in Barcelona on 3 November 2016.

EU action grants

The EFRJ is always open to be partner in projects related to RJ and it is willing to connect members interested in the same call: please contact the secretariat for further info!

Seminar on mediation in serious crimes
The final seminar of the project ‘Mediation in Serious Crimes’ will take place on 19 October 2016 in Tampere (Finland). The seminar is designed for professionals working in mediation in criminal and civil cases, for those working with offenders or with victims of crimes and criminal justice authorities. Our Finnish Board member, Aarne Kinnunen, will be opening the event, representing the Finnish Ministry of Justice. 

Conference for policemen in youth settings

An international conference on the role of local and community police in schools will take place in Mallorca (Spain) on 20-21 October. The event is destined to policeman of the European Union working with young people, especially in school contexts. Tim Chapman, our Board member from Northern Ireland (UK), will present on conflict resolution techniques through restorative practices. Registrations are still open!

IIRP Europe and SynRJ events
IIRP Europe CEO Les Davey and Director of Training and Consultancy John Boulton, stepped down from their roles with IIRP on 30 June 2016. They will continue to provide support and services across the UK & Ireland as official partners of IIRP Europe through SynRJ, the first IIRP Europe Official Partner Organisation. SynRJ will deliver core IIRP restorative practices trainings and CPD events and also offer bespoke events and client-centred programs focused on families, offending behaviour and personal safety. Find here the events organised by SynRJ and here the events organised by IIRP Europe.

European conference on RJ in Paris
      On occasion of the RJ WEEK 2016, the French platform 'Citoyens et Justice' is organising a conference on RJ in Paris (21 November). Among other speakers, you can find three active members of the EFRJ, i.e. Antonio Buonatesta, Estelle Zinsstag and Lode Walgrave. 
Fundamental Rights Forum 2016


The former Executive Director of the EFRJ, Daria Nashat, attended the first Fundamental Rights Forum (Vienna, 20-23 June 2016) organised by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). Find here different resources collected during the event (e.g. news, blog, videos, pictures).

UK Mediation Week 2016
The UK Mediation Awareness Week 2016 will take place on 8-14 October. Events will include conferences, seminars, mock mediations, talks and debates involving all aspects of mediation. The aim of the week is to provide an opportunity to understand the benefits of mediation across all sectors, including community mediation and RJ.
Report on VOM in Germany

  The German Ministry of Justice recently published the new statistics on the practice of victim-offender mediation (TOA) in Germany for the years 2013-2014. The figures prepared by the research group 'Täter-Opfer-Ausgleich' cover only a selection of RJ providers and are therefore not fully representative. However, the in-depth analyses clearly show that TOA is spread all over the country, benefiting not only victims and offenders, but contributing to a more general culture of peace. The report highlights the existing limitations in the mere understanding of VOM practices and in the way these are made accessible to all parties, not depending on their age or type pf crime. German-speaking readers can download the full report here.
Cabaret for the social reintegration of prisoners

The Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies of Quebec (ASRSQ) will present the 2nd edition of 'Le Cabaret
de la Seconde Chance
' on 14 October in Montreal. This artistic event brings together artists and people involved in different ways with the criminal justice system. It deals with the importance of the reintegration of people criminalized and the necessary involvement of the community in this process.

Belgian Days of Prison 2016
The National Days of Prison 2016 will take place across Belgium on 12-19 November. The main theme of this year is ‘Reintegration, an illusion?’. This year's events aim at raising awareness on the problem of post-prison rehabilitation and call for a change in Belgian penal policies to be more respectful of human rights and more consistent in the social involvement of incarceration. The inaugural meeting to initiate the week will be in the square of Brussels Central Station on 12 November.
Seminar on the impact of detention on prisoners

The Academy of European Law (ERA) seminar on the impact of detention on prisoners,  juvenile justice in relation to detention, and the transfer of prisoners will take place in Madrid on 27-28 October 2016. Europris, one of the members of the Criminal Justice Platform, will co-organise this event. Find here more information on the programme and registration procedure.

Debate on alternatives to prison
On 21 October, a debate on the current prison system will take place within the framework of the 'Festival des Libertes' (the festival of freedoms, 20-29 October 2016) in Brussels. Experts and civil society will gather together to consider alternatives to the current prison system.  
Moment of inspiration 

'Silence for Peace' is a Belgian non-profit organisation committed to peace through silence. Its initiatives offer all kinds of people the opportunity to gather in silence and share insights and feelings about peace.

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