International Restorative Justice Week & extreme ideologies

Happy International Restorative Justice Week 2018! This year (for my #RJweek blog 2017 here, 2016 here, 2015 here, 2014 here, 2012 here), I decided to focus on the extreme ideologies that corrupt our ability to live together, and which gradually lead to acts of hate and violence. This follows from my recent appointment as the Main Rapporteur for Europe for the ASEM 18th Seminar on Human Rights and Violent Extremism, which was held in Indonesia just a few days ago. It is also where I think our future restorative justice steps should be taking us.

The universality of restorative justice

Restorative justice week has been celebrated annually across Canada since 1996 and is now taking international dimensions. It is recognised every third week of November to celebrate restorative justice practitioners and volunteers especially those working in the community. It is also an opportunity to talk and learn about restorative justice, an ethos that was