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Religious and Faith Leaders should Intervene to end violence in Myanmar

Although the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council has been addressing human rights violations towards ethnic minorities in Myanmar since March 2017 with the introduction of the Fact-Finding Mission as a result of the continuous violent outbreaks that began in October 2016, violence towards ethnic minorities has thus far escalated. The Secretary General of the UN has consistently condemned reports of violence in Myanmar and has tried to address the root causes of identity crisis which has been evident since the dispersal of the Second World War, whilst offering assistance to Bangladesh, who have been welcoming Muslims looking for...

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Religious and Faith Leaders should Intervene to end violence in Myanmar

Although the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council has been addressing human rights violations towards ethnic minorities in Myanmar since March 2017 with the introduction of the Fact-Finding Mission[1] as a result of the continuous violent outbreaks that began in October 2016, violence towards ethnic minorities has thus far escalated.[2] The Secretary General of the UN has consistently condemned reports of violence in Myanmar and has tried to address the root causes of identity crisis which has been evident since the dispersal of the Second World War, whilst offering assistance to Bangladesh, who have been welcoming Muslims looking for...

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2017 Policy Brief: Rise of Extremism in Europe

WHY RISE OF EXTREMISM IN EUROPE MATTER In December of 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland, a man opened fire at the Islamic centre in Zurich injuring three people. In March of 2016, Belgium 32 people were killed and hundreds wounded in suicide bomb attacks. April 3, 2017: Saint Petersburg bombing a suicide bombing on the subway in Russia’s second largest city killed more than a dozen passengers and injured dozens more. May 22, 2017: Outside Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England twenty two individuals were killed and  a number of others were injured by a suicide bomber with apparent connections to an organized terror network[1]. The current status of extremism in Europe is unlike anything we have seen in European history. Download...

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2017 Policy Brief: Extremism in the United States

WHY WE STILL NEED TO TALK ABOUT AMERICAN EXTREMISM Of all of the issues facing the United States in 2017, extremism has come back into the American consciousness thanks to a resurgence of hate crimes and extremist activities. Extremism in the United States has seen a renaissance in activity over the last few years. The numbers of hate groups spiked in opposition to the election of Obama in 2008 and galvanized by the election of Donald Trump in 2016. Neo-Confederate groups tripled the number of their groups in 2016 according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.1 While these groups are not nearly as powerful as they once were in their heyday of the 1960’s, extremism within the United States will remain a relevant topic so long as political violence and terrorism exist within our society. Download...

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