This year, from the 4-8 November, the 18th Informal ASEM Human Rights Seminar is held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on the theme of “Human Rights and Prevention of Violent Extremism”. Dr Theo Gavrielides, Founder and Director of the IARS International Institute and the Restorative Justice for All Institute and scientific coordinator of the Yeip project is the Main Rapporteur for Europe with Irene Santiago, Chair Emerita and Chief Executive Officer of the Mindanao Commission on Women (MCW), Main Rapporteur for Asia.

The foundation of building this bridge will be laid out at the 18th Informal ASEM Human Rights Seminar which will also host four simultaneous closed-door working groups that will address to following topics in detail:

WG1 – Push and Pull Factors of Violent Extremism
WG2 – Targeting Violent Extremism at the Local Level
WG3 – Violent Extremism and Women
WG4 – Youth, Education and Prevention of Violent Extremism

The Human Rights Seminar series is co-organised by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), the Raoul Wallenberg Institute (nominated by the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs), the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. The host of the 18th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Indonesia.

If you want updates on the Seminar as and when it happens, make sure you follow the YEIP project website and our Facebook channels.

Additional resources

ASEM seminar on human rights

The Agenda of the meeting

Dr Theo Gavrielides (IARS Founder & Director), 4-8 November 2018, 18th Human Rights Seminar, A European story of facts and fiction, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Restorative Justice for All

Theo Gavrielides

The IARS International Institute


Main Rapporteurs Ms. Irene Santiago (Asia) and Dr. Theo Gavrielides (Europe) present the background paper at the 18th Informal Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) Seminar on Human Rights and Prevention of Violent Extremism at Hyatt Regency Hotel, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Click on the link below to watch the video: https://www.facebook.com/patmei.ruivivar/videos/2064582616965534/UzpfSTUxNTE5MDkzNDoxMDE1NjQ2ODgwMjIxMDkzNQ/