The European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste Foundation has organised the course “Proposals for Preventing and Combating Radicalisation and Hate Crime in the European Context” along with the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. The opening will be tomorrow at 9:00 am at the Royal Monastery of Yuste.

The course, included in the programme Campus Yuste, is carried out in the framework of the University of Extremadura’s International Summer Courses and tackles a new global challenge: migration; a phenomenon that is changing world, European and Spanish social structures giving way to multicultural societies. This fact is often difficult to assume as it may cause racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia. These phenomena have always been found within society fuelled by stereotypes, inertia and erroneous perceptions that are difficult to change.

The course will also delve into the importance of the Internet and social networks as privileged places to propagate hatred and intolerance and the different reasons for these attacks to occur, analysing how belonging to an easily identified group, as may be an ethnical origin, nationality, language, religion, age, disability and sexual orientation or identity, can be some of the reasons.

The course is directed by the State Ecclesiastical Law professor at the University of Extremadura, Jaime Rosell, and includes speakers such as, the special prosecutor of Hate Crimes in Barcelona, Miguel Ángel Aguilar; the State Ecclesiastical Law professor at the University of Zaragoza, Zoila Cambalía Solís; the journalist and professor at the San Pablo-CEU University, Francisco Serrano; the Lieutenant Colonel of the Civil Guard and Head of the Unit Against International Terrorism, Francisco José Vázquez; the former General Secretary of Penal Institutions of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ángel Yuste; two members of the National Intelligence Centre (CNI); the National Police Force Inspector, David Docal; the President of the Junta Islámica in España (Muslim Council of Spain) and Director General of the Halal Institute of the Muslim Council, Isabel Romero, and the former Director of the Pluralismo y Convivencia (Pluralism and Co-existence) Foundation, Rocío López, among others.

Some of the speeches will deal with current subjects, such as freedom of expression versus religious liberty; the relationship between the media and hate crimes; the role of intelligence in radicalisation and security; the jihad in the Internet; education as a tool for the prevention of radicalisation; the role of Muslim women in the construction of an inclusive society.

The course is framed in the MINECO projects “The Secular State and Coexistence Policies: conflict, Radicalism and Consensus” and “Freedom of Expression and Prevention of Violence and Discrimination by Reason of Religion” of the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness of the Spanish Government.


The course will be attended by 39 scholarship students and 16 attendants who have enrolled as listeners. They come from countries such as Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, Spain, Colombia and Peru and from the following universities: Seville, Extremadura, Valencia, Distance-Learning University of Madrid (UDIMA); Carlos III, País Vasco, Salamanca, Complutense, Rey Juan Carlos, Zaragoza, Autonomous University of Madrid, Pablo de Olavide, the Political Studies Institute in Bordeaux, San Pablo CEU, Alicante and the Universitat Oberta of Catalonia.