Seminar on countering violent extremism held in Belgium
Published : 12 Jul 2017, 21:41:21
Prof. Chetan Butt. London of School of Economics, Julie Parnet, European Humanist Federation, Brussels, Major General (Retired) Abdur Rashid, executive director of the Institute of Conflict, Law & Development Studies (ICLDS), Dhaka, Saleem Samad, senior journalist, attend a seminar tilted
European Bangladesh Forum organised a seminar tilted "Countering Violent Extremism: Global Context and Bangladesh Diaspora" held at Brussels in Belgium on Tuesday.
Present and former members of European Parliament attended the seminar. They spoke about the violent extremism undermines peace and security, human rights and sustainable development.
No country or region is immune from its impact. It is a diverse phenomenon without clear definition. It is neither new nor exclusive to any region, nationality or system of belief, the speakers said.
To prevent violent extremism need to take a more comprehensive approach which compasses not only ongoing , essential security based counter terrorism measures , but also systematic preventive measures which directly address the drivers of violent extremism that have given rise to the emergence of these new and more virulent group, they added.
They also said religious and other leaders in the Diaspora community could play a key role in mentoring vulnerable youngsters. Government policy should be aimed at improving socioeconomic opportunities, especially for young people. Better education and decent jobs are essential.
Every speaker appreciated of present government of Bangladesh to overcome after attack of Holy Artisan bakery last year. Now days in Bangladesh, foreigners are fear free from terrorism attack due to government high alert activity.
Van Oden Geoffrey MEP, Conservative Party, UK, Julie Parnet, European Humanist Federation, Brussels, Roberta Bonazzi, Head of Counter Extremism Project in Brussels & Founder and President of the European Foundation for Democracy, Emma Achilli, Front Line Defenders, Head of EU Office, Brussels – “Bangladeshi Human Rights Defenders at Risk”, Amma Asante, former MP, Labour Party, The Netherlands, Harry van Bommel, former MP, Socialistishe Partij, The Netherlands, Brando Benifei MEP, Social-Democratic Party, Italy MEP EU Parliament, Prof. Chetan Butt. London of School of Economics, Major General (Retired) Abdur Rashid, Executive Director of the Institute of Conflict, Law & Development Studies (ICLDS), Dhaka, Saleem Samad, senior journalist, an Ashoka fellow (USA) and working with Bangladesh Observer and Special correspondent, the Asian Age, Dhaka, Ansar Ahmed Ullah, President, European Bangladesh Forum, UK, Bikash Chowdhury Barua , Hague ,Holand Dr. Bidduth Barua ,Copenhagen , Denmark , M M Murshed, Coordinator, Brussels Dhaka Peace Committee, were attended the seminar.