|European Students for Legality|
|Written by Diana-Adela Ionita|
|Friday, 17 December 2010|
In a democratic society, activism is, at the same time, a right and a responsibility. 30 undergraduate and current or recent post graduate students coming from EU and non-EU countries, most of them with experience and engagement with student movements and NGOs, shared experience and knowledge in Turin, during the Forum of Students for Legality. This meeting allowed them to consider themselves not as single individuals who may have achieved whatever goal, but to be a part of an ongoing historical movement of civil society, in order to promote human rights and struggle against organized crime, corruption, or discrimination.
The Key Note Speakers shared good practices with all participants, having high-quality motivational speeches, followed by fruitful discussions. Michele Curto, the president of FLARE Network, sustained the power and importance of good models, sharing some truly stimulating examples of their work. The organization’s new approach to deal with organised crime in Europe and neighbouring countries, by creating methods and procedures alternative and complementary to the ones developed by national institutions and law enforcement agencies, the activities which focus on informing civil society about topics such as human and drug trafficking, corruption and information, eco-crimes or money laundering and the concrete support of those people who have fallen victims of international organised crime, the idea of social reuse of criminal assets, as well as the energy to mobilize people from so many countries inspired the participants to become more active agents of their communities. Everyone agreed that if we want to make a difference, we should start with the self-reconstruction. Michele also highlighted the value of collective memory and moral heritage that should be the commence of our initiatives.
Andrea Spagnolo, professor at UNICRI, LLM programme on International Criminal Law and Justice, emphasised the importance of diminishing the gap between the academic field and the job market by creating opportunities for students to learn by simulating real frameworks. Milan Stefanovic, one of the organizers of the student movements against Milosevic in Serbia (Niš), shared the story of two long successful protests, when, without any new technologies like Internet or mobile phones, but efficiently using ‘noise’ and ‘humour’ as weapons, young people managed to make themselves heard and change something in their community. Members of Studenti indipendenti and UniLibera provided their international colleagues with information about the actual state of facts in the university field in Turin.
The participants have voiced the students’ rights and needs for freedom of expression from their home Universities and discussed about the educational system in their countries, starting to build an action plan on international level. During the Forum, they have also drafted their own Student Declaration for Legality* which is supposed to be used as an international tool for advocacy for students rights and freedoms throughout Europe. Moreover, participants attended a conference on the topic of globalization and struggle against organized crime, at the European Parliament in Brussels, on the 10th of December, Human Rights Day.
The event was organized by FLARE, a network of civil society organizations- founded in 2008 and counting over 50 NGOs from 27 countries across Europe, Mediterranean basin, Russian Federation, Caucasus and the Balkans- which is committed to the social struggle against transnational organized crime, raising awareness about the diffusion and the influence of this phenomenon in Europe and in the surrounding areas, through social events, communication, youth engagement and consultancy.
Diana-Adela Ionita/ La.Specula.com
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