Tolerance conference urges for unity to tackle extremism

Joblessness and families financial burden also lead people to extremism, say experts

Right to left: Dr Faisal Ayyan, moderator, Major-General Masood Azizi, Deputy Minister of Interior of Afghanistan, Emile Perez, Police Commissioner in France Police and Dr Nicolas Gardner from National Defence College.Picture by Anwar Ahmad.


Abu Dhabi: Countries around the world will have to unite and form a common platform to fight global menace of extremism, which poses threats to internal and external security of states, security experts said on Monday.

They emphasised that the name of religion in general and Islam in particular was misused by extremists to garner support for their ill motives.

The experts spoke at the two-day conference of “Tolerance, Moderation and Dialogue in Countering Terrorism” organised by the Ministry of Interior at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre where a large number of scholars, religious leaders and security experts gathered to exchange their views on countering extremism in the world.

Speaking at the conference, Major-General Masood Azizi, Deputy Minister of Interior of Afghanistan, attributed the inequality and lack of job opportunities in the society a major factor that motivates people towards extremism. He said that there are people in the society who do not have any power, rights and privileges, while others are extremely powerful.

“So at a time they find hard to support their living and bear their families’ expenses. These factors also lead a person to easily move with extremist forces,” Azizi said.

The long term solution is to invest in soft skills and utilise the education and economic drivers to tackle the problem and provide them jobs,” he said. The person who doesn’t have job and sources to feed his family is very much vulnerable to extremism,” Azizi said.

The conference, which is being held under the patronage of Lieutenant General Shaikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, concludes on Tuesday.

Emile Perez, Police Commissioner in France Police, asserted that the extremism problem is more of local than international.

“Currently we have more than 11,000 citizens in France were identified as “radicalised” by the French intelligence. From the figures it looks that the problem is more local than international so locally we have to enhance security approach to fight the extremism,” he said.

“Organisation, cooperation and alliance. These are not French not English but are keys to treat the issues of extremism,” Perez said.

He cited referring to other experts that they said the threat is global, I would say, it’s local.”

“Terrorism happened in more than 108 countries, killing thousands of people. We all faced threads we have to be ready at the local level. We all faced these problems because of failure of our institutions which take care of us,” Perez said.

“The family, school, churches, associations, unions and political parties, who today are able to establish reference marks for the youth to establish positive and healthy organisation. But they failed. Because they are the part of the problem so we, these organisations, have to be the part of the solution,” he said.

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