Topic 1 What is a hub and how does it work?

The particular hub is a local and inter-sectoral network called ‘PROSECUW Hub’ aiming to produce new knowledge, enhance awareness and build capacity of the religious leaders, law enforcement agents, civil society organisations, and policy-makers.

The hub brings together stakeholders from different backgrounds to cooperate, in order to promote the protection and security for places of worship and religious communities, as living stones.

The hub shall meet once in a while (suggested: every three months), at a venue to be decided by the hub members.

Annualy, the hub members shall democratically choose the coordinator of the hub. During the first year, the coordinators will be the PROSECUW project partners, as founders and implementing agents of the hub.

It is anticipated that the PROSECUW hubs and tools will incorporate examination of repressive state practice and misuse of the law as a push factor towards extremism.

Recent literature in this area has begun to acknowledge the manner, in which counter-terrorism and wider security functions of governments in at-risk environments may in reality act as a prominent accelerator of recruitment, rather than the reverse (UNDP, 2017).

This is in line with previous criminological research highlighting the need for justice institutions to pursue fair and respectful processes in order to build trust in justice, and thus institutional legitimacy and compliance with the law (Tyler, 2011).

  • To involve both macro-level policy actors and grassroots local community actors, taking into account the cultural, religious and social sensitivities
  • To facilitate the exchange of knowledge, support and practices at national and international level
  • To ensure that the impact of PROSECUW is far-reaching, more effective and sustainable