Firdaous E.J., 11 jaar, onschuldig slachtoffer van de Belgische maffia’s. BASTA! roept op tot engagement: “We moeten allemaal actie ondernemen om de stilte te doorbreken”

Het narcoterrorisme in Antwerpen eist aan het begin van 2023 een hartverscheurende tol: het eerste dodelijke burgerslachtoffer is een meisje van amper 11 jaar oud. 

Wij zijn verontwaardigd en diep verontrust over de escalatie van het geweld, de traagheid van de politiek en het totale stilzwijgen van de publieke opinie. Het verhaal van deze maffiafenomenen lijkt ver verwijderd van de burgermaatschappij, terwijl deze criminele organisaties het dagelijks leven van ons allen beïnvloeden: zij verarmen onze economie, zij bederven de staatsapparaten met corruptie en zij besmeuren onze straten steeds meer met bloed.

Deze tragische gebeurtenis heeft de wijdverspreide misvatting ontkracht dat de drugsoorlog van de laatste jaren geen gevaar vormt voor onschuldige burgers.

Ongeacht de familieachtergrond van het slachtoffer mag de dood van een onschuldig persoon niet als een eenmalig “incident” worden beschouwd en moet deze ons juist allemaal ter verantwoording roepen.

Wij roepen de hele burgermaatschappij, de verenigingen, scholen, instellingen en politieke partijen dan ook op om hun verantwoordelijkheid te nemen. Want de georganiseerde misdaad wordt niet alleen bestreden door gerechtelijk onderzoek, maar ook door het opbouwen van een resistent en samenhangend sociaal weefsel. 

We moeten luidkeels onze afwijzing van de maffiaheerschappij uitspreken en gerechtigheid eisen voor de slachtoffers.

Verontwaardiging en ontzetting volstaan niet langer, we moeten in actie komen.

Laat de dood van Firdaous niet vergeefs zijn en een keerpunt vormen om toekomstige slachtoffers te voorkomen.

Firdaous E.J., 11 ans, victime innocente des mafias belges. BASTA ! appelle à l’engagement : “Nous devons tous agir pour briser le silence”.

L’année 2023 s’ouvre sur un bilan très lourd si l’on pense que la première victime du narcoterrorisme à Anvers est une fillette de 11 ans. 

Nous sommes indignés et profondément troublés de constater l’escalade de la violence, la lenteur de la politique et le silence total de l’opinion publique. Le récit de ces phénomènes mafieux continue de donner une image très éloignée de la vie de la société civile alors que ces mafias sont présentes dans le quotidien de chacun d’entre nous : elles appauvrissent notre économie, elles salissent les appareils d’État par la corruption, et elles ensanglantent de plus en plus nos rues.

Cet incident tragique a démenti le préjugé répandu selon lequel la guerre de la drogue de ces dernières années ne présente aucun danger pour les civils innocents.

Quel que soit le milieu familial de la victime, la mort d’un innocent ne doit pas passer pour un “accident” et doit, au contraire, nous remettre tous en question.

Nous appelons à la responsabilité, l‘ensemble de la société civile, le monde associatif, les écoles, les institutions et les partis politiques. Parce que la criminalité organisée ne se combat pas seulement par des enquêtes judiciaires, mais aussi par la construction d’un tissu social résilient et cohérent. 

Nous devons faire entendre haut et fort notre rejet de la domination de la mafia et exiger que justice soit rendue à ses victimes.

Il ne suffit plus de s’indigner et de se consterner, il faut agir.

Que la mort de Firdaous ne soit pas vaine et qu’elle soit un tournant pour éviter de futures victimes.

(ENG) EUROPE HUB Project

𝐂𝐑𝐎𝐒𝐒 – Civil society in the fight against global mafias since the Palermo Convention to date

Civil society in the fight against global mafias since the Palermo Convention to date
Palermo, 28 and 29 October 2022

In 2020, the 20th anniversary of the Palermo Convention for the fight against transnational organised crime was celebrated. In the same year, Libera would have liked to celebrate the Day of Remembrance and Commitment in Memory of the Innocent Victims of Mafias, which was not held due to the global health emergency. Twenty years after the entry into force of this landmark Convention, and after more than two years of global pandemic, there is an even stronger need to analyse how social institutions and organisations – at local, national and international level – are performing, and what progress they have achieved during those two decades in the fight against Organised Crime and Corruption, rethinking common strategies, always keeping in mind the many challenges that still exist.

Therefore, we do not want to miss this occasion to engage in more commitment!

The “CROSS – Civil society in the fight against global mafias since the Palermo Convention to date” event will therefore take place in Palermo on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 October 2022. Addressing citizens, schools and the many environments that revolve around social justice and rights, in Italy and abroad, the event will be held in Italian and English. The two days – with the participation of international guests – will provide spaces for listening and sharing with round tables and speakers’ corners aimed at disseminating information on international experiences and projects in the fight against organized crime. 

Among other international activities, Libera collaborates with UNODC – United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime – as part of the Civil Society Unit and with consultative status at ECOSOC – the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, in addition to being engaged in the coordination of three transnational networks: ALAS America Latina Alternativa Social, in Latin America, CHANCE Civil Hub AgaiNst Organised Crime in Europe, and PLACE – Peace and Liberation in Africa through Change and Engagement, in Sub-Saharan Africa

The initiative will be part of a wider activity, within the framework of the EUROPE HUB European project, which aims to strengthen cooperation among the member associations of the CHANCE network in the 0youth field, and which will therefore involve the participation of a large international delegation.

For more information and to register, send an email to: organizzazione@libera.it or visite the CHANCE website


Agenda (to be defined):

Friday 28 October – at Cantieri della Zisa in Palermo

9:30 – 10:30 registration

10:30 – 11:30: Introduction “Twenty years after the Palermo Convention: civil society in the fight against global mafias” 

11:30 – 13:00 Panel 1 “The social re-use of confiscated assets: new challenges towards a civic economy and the common good

Lunch break 13:00 – 14:30 

14:30 – 16:00 Panel 2 “Citizens’ watch and the fight against corruption: what are the possible forms of collaboration among law enforcement agencies, prevention institutions and monitoring civil society

Coffee break 16:00 – 16:30

16:30 – 18:00 Panel 3 “International trafficking: the evolution of illegal activities related to drugs, weapons, people”     

18:00 – 19:30 Panel 4 “Right to the Truth, victims and construction of collective memory

From 20:00 – Social aperitif and fair of the local association network

Saturday 29 October – at Cantieri della Zisa in Palermo

9:30 – 10:00 – Introduction by Nando Dalla Chiesa

10:00 – 12:00 – Speakers’ corners on national and international projects promoted by Libera, addressing the role of civil society in strengthening the rule of law.

12:00 – 13:00 – Conclusions by Luigi Ciotti

(ENG) EUROPE HUB Project

BASTA! is a partner of the EUROPE HUB Project: a new Initiative to increase the participation of youth In the promotion of civic engagement and social entrepreneurship through the social and public reuse of confiscated assets

More info on CHANCE Website

While the COVID-19 pandemic has certainly resulted in untold hardships for every member of the EU community, students and young people have been especially hard hit. In a 2021 study conducted by Eurofound, it was reported that young people have been the most affected by job loss, and a recent Eurostat study found that youth employment (15-29 years old) has fallen by 2.8% due to the pandemic. With less ability to access education and job opportunities, there is a higher chance for young people to become disengaged from EU society and suffer from mental health issues such as depression. Therefore, it is critical that the EU address these economic and social issues, particularly among young people, in order to ensure the preservation of the EU’s mission and its longevity as an institution. 

EUROPE HUB (strEngthening yoUth entRepreneurship fOr imProving civil Economy and

enHancing inclUsive Business) is designed to do just that. The project is coordinated by Libera and involves 10 partners from different EU countries and members of the informal EU network CHANCE (Civil Hub Against orgaNised Crime in Europe). The project will be completed in four stages and will encourage youth participation in civic engagement through the reuse of confiscated assets, providing a concrete response to the EU economic and social situation, which has been affected by organised crime activities and exacerbated by the pandemic.

Key Objectives:

  1. To strengthen the cooperation among the associations on the informal network CHANCE in the field of youth, considering youth as a driving force for future-oriented well-being and welfare
  2. To raise awareness on the impact of social entrepreneurship on the youth employability, with a particular focus on social enterprises developed in confiscated assets at EU level

Project Activities:

  • A six day online training session will educate on the inclusive and regenerative development practices and policies for enhancing territorial resources, with particular reference to common goods and the civil economy. The training will discuss: the potential of the civil economy, how to plan inclusive and regenerative development policies, how to enhance territories through young entrepreneurship, and the importance of common goods and confiscated assets. The participants will be CHANCE partners and other associations which would be interested to be involved both in the training and in the network and will include speakers and experts on the topics to improve the exchange of good practices and strengthen participants’ skills.
  • A four day in-person summer camp addressing the social reuse of confiscated assets will take place in Albania, and at least one CHANCE member from each organisation involved will participate. The camp will provide partners the opportunity to hear directly from Albanian experts and activists, as well as discuss and improve the impact of CHANCE in the long term. Specifically, the camp will address:
    • The ways in which civic engagement can be an effective means to prevent and combat organised crime and corruption, with a particular focus on the social reuse of confiscated assets
    • How EU Young citizens can engage with social entrepreneurship for tackling illegal economy
    • How a solidarity-based employment in entrepreneurship can create a new paradigm of economic and social development
    • How Youth can be protagonists of civil economy
  • Each partner of CHANCE network will organise a local/national initiative for the Day of Remembrance and Commitment for all victims of organised crime and corruption. During each event, the victims of each country will be remembered and, where possible, victims’ families will testify their experiences, sharing their pain and turning it into active citizenship. Furthermore, different experts on the topic will participate and share their knowledge with the attendees in order to raise awareness on opportunities to fight against organised crime and promote civic tools for a society based on the EU core values. 
  • The organisation of the second edition COREACT– an event that took place for the first time in 2019 and brought together more than 200 activists from Europe and beyond in a two-days workshop in Berlin. The event creates an inclusive and safe environment where people can learn from each other, exchanging experiences and methods, and providing practical tools and possible partnerships for tackling social phenomena like mafias and mafia-cultures, illicit financial flow and money laundering through youth empowerment and the public and social re-use of confiscated assets. New networks across national borders will be established with long-term and sustainable goals, and the different organisations can improve their impact on the local system.

Partner Organisations: 

(ENG) The CHANCE network website is online!

Civil Hub Against orgaNised Crime in Europe 

info@chance.international 

PRESS RELEASE 

The CHANCE network – Civil Hub Against  orgaNised Crime in Europe – promoted by  Libera is online www.chance.international 

A site to connect the initiatives and proposals of the many European associations  because global phenomena such as the mafias require global responses to gov ern them 

Palermo, 22nd May 2022 

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Capaci massacre where the anti-Mafia prose cutor Giovanni Falcone, his wife Francesca Morvillo and the men of his police escort, Vito Schifani,  Rocco Dicillo and Antonio Montinaro, lost their lives, the European network of associations  and movements CHANCE – Civil Hub Against orgaNised Crime in Europe – promoted  by Libera publishes the website http://www.chance.international. CHANCE is the network of associa tions, movements and informal groups throughout Europe that are committed to the promotion of  social and environmental justice through the construction of innovative paths of social prevention  to fight organised crime and corrupt phenomena. A site to connect the initiatives and pro posals of the many European associations to ask Europe, the European institutions, for  the fundamental involvement of responsible civil society, because global phenomena such  as mafia, organised crime and corruption require global responses. Today, our increasingly  interdependent world creates opportunities for organised crime to cross borders and exploit the  lack of a common legal and fiscal framework. This points to the current need for information ex change and unity of action in stepping up the fight against organised crime and corruption. Gio vanni Falcone’s revolutionary insight is more relevant than ever and deserves to be reit erated: Follow the money. 

Falcone’s innovative approach has opened up a wide range of new opportunities for cooperation  between legislators, the judiciary and the police, making it possible to raise prevention and repres sion actions to an international level. Civil society can and should play a leading role in monitoring  and reporting on the growing influence of corruption and organised crime in Europe. It should  promote policies and interventions that curb the social attractiveness of crime, especially in these  times when crises and wars provide fertile ground for its proliferation. 

Let us seize Europe’s CHANCE to defeat organised crime and promote social jus tice, now also online!

(IT) Mafia: Pregiudizo, Percezione e Celebrazione

Vincenzo Barbaro di BASTA interverrà al webinar organizzato da Comites Olanda per capire insieme agli amici di Radio MIR e Mafianeindanke quale sia la percezione e il pregiudizio che spesso accompagnano la comunità italiana all’estero, quale sia la celebrazione percepita legata alla filmografia ed alla letteratura che la candida come fenomeno di costume nelle nuove generazioni.

Per maggiori informazioni: https://www.facebook.com/events/684649399428005?ref=newsfeed

Dag van de herinnering en van het engagement ter nagedachtenis van de onschuldige slachtoffers van de maffia’s en van georganiseerde misdaad 2022 /Journée de la mémoire et de l’engagement à la mémoire des victimes innocentes des organisations criminelles et des mafias 2022

NL

21 maart, de eerste dag van de lente, staat symbool voor hernieuwde hoop.

Op deze dag willen we iedereen gedenken aan wie maffia’s het recht om te leven hebben ontzegd.

We willen hun verhalen vertellen, hun waardigheid teruggeven, hun nagedachtenis levend houden. 

De herdenkingsdag geeft daarnaast aan de nabestaanden van de slachtoffers de gelegenheid stil te staan bij hun rouwproces en bij hun zoektocht naar ware gerechtigheid. We kunnen woede en verdriet omzetten in een krachtig en geweldloos instrument voor verandering.

FR

Le 21 mars, premier jour du printemps, est un symbole d’espoir renouvelé.

En ce jour, nous voulons nous souvenir de tous celles et ceux à qui les mafias et le crime organisé ont refusé le droit de vivre.

Nous voulons raconter leurs histoires, leur redonner leur dignité, pour ne jamais les laisser mourir.

La Journée de la mémoire offre également aux proches de ces victimes l’occasion de réfléchir à leur deuil et à la recherche d’une véritable justice. Nous pouvons transformer la colère et la douleur en un outil de changement efficace et non violent.

09/12 International Anti-Corruption Day – BELGIUM AFTER OPERATION SKY ECC: YOUR ROLE IN ERADICATING CORRUPTION

“Your right, your role: Say no to Corruption!”

THE EVENT WILL BE HELD ONLINE

On 9 December 2021, on the occasion of International Anti-Corruption Day, Ghent University and BASTA! will organise a conference entitled “Belgium after operation Sky ECC: your role in eradicating corruption”. Speakers: prof. Dr. Jelle Janssens (Ghent University), Dr. Gudrun Vande Walle (Centre for Integrity – Federal Ombudsman) and Dr. Marco Antonelli (University of Pisa – Italy).

Join our YouTube live stream at 7:30 pm. The webinar will last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

We are looking forward to welcoming you and to receiving your questions to the speakers in the live chat section next to the video player.

To participate, please fill in this registration form.

VIDEO RECORDING Good(s) Monitoring, Europe!: the monitoring of confiscated assets for a Europe closer to citizens

This workshop , held on October 12th, presented the results of the “Good(s) Monitoring, Europe!” project for the development of a European strategy for the public and social re-use of confiscated assets through cohesion policies for civic engagement. The speakers discussed civic monitoring communities in the programming of cohesion policies, integrating the project results with the objectives of the new EU programming.

Moderators:

  • Giulia Baruzzo, Programme Manager for International Department – Europe, Libera. Associazioni, nomi e numeri contro le mafie, Italy.
  • Tatiana Giannone, Programme Manager for Confiscated Asset Department, Libera. Associazioni, nomi e numeri contro le mafie, Italy.

Speakers:

  • Francesco Amodeo, Policy Officer of Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission, Italy.
  • Simona De Luca, Member of the Evaluation and Analysis Unit for the Programming of the Cohesion Policy, Italian Department for Cohesion Policy at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Italy. >>> PPT Presentation
  • Marcella Militello, President of BASTA!, BASTA! Belgian Antimafia Steps Towards Awareness, Belgium. >>> PPT Presentation
  • Jesús Palomo Martínez, Full professor at Rey Juan Carlos University and Vicepresident of FIADYS, FIADYS, Spain. >>> PPT Presentation

Video Testimonials:

  • Valentina Fiore, CEO, Libera Terra Consortium, Italy.
  • Radu Nicolae, President of ACDD, Association for Cooperation and Sustainable Development, Romania.
  • Mariyan K. Sabev, Senior Analyst, CSD-Centre for the Study of Democracy, Bulgaria.
  • Anisa Xaka, Coordinator for Social and Educational Activities in Fier (Albania), ENGIM-Ente Nazionale Giuseppini del Murialdo, Italy.

Partners

  • Department for Cohesion Policy – Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers,
  • European Commission – DG REGIO,
  • Libera. Associazioni, nomi e numeri contro le mafie

Language: English (EN)
Replay – English: https://vimeo.com/636505494

23/10 BASTA! @Future Proof: Dis/connect – Leuven

NL

📣BASTA neemt deel aan het Future Proof -festival Dis/connect dat van 21 tot 24 oktober in Leuven plaatsvindt.

📅🕛Op zaterdagmiddag 23 oktober kunnen jullie bij ons terecht voor een interactieve workshop in de Maakleerplek (Stapelhuisstraat 13-15) van 16u tot 18u.

💡Onze focus zal liggen op het sociale hergebruik van geconfisqueerde eigendommen die vroeger toebehoorden aan criminele organisaties.

🔗Ga mee op zoek naar creatieve en verbindende oplossingen om van onderuit terug te eisen wat criminele organisaties ook ónze samenleving en economie hebben ontnomen.Voor informatie → https://future-proof.be/programma/

❗de workshop zal in het Nederlands worden gehouden ❗

FR

📣BASTA ! participe au festival Future Proof: Dis/connect qui se tiendra à Louvain du 21 au 24 octobre.

📅🕛Le samedi 23 octobre, vous pouvez nous rejoindre pour un atelier interactif dans le Maakleerplek (Stapelhuisstraat 13-15) de 16h à 18h.

💡Nous animerons un atelier sur la réutilisation sociale des biens confisquées aux organisations criminelles.

🔗Rejoignez-nous dans notre recherche de solutions créatives et connectées avec un approche bottom-up pour récupérer ce que les organisations criminelles ont pris à notre société et à notre économie. Pour toute information → https://future-proof.be/programma/

❗ L’atelier se tiendra en néerlandais ❗