Prevention of Violent Extremism as and when Conducive to Terrorism

February 12, 2024 is the International Day for the Prevention of Violent Extremism as and when Conducive to Terrorism. This significant day reminds us of the urgent need to address the challenge posed by violent extremism across the world.

Violent extremism is opposed to the fundamental principles of the United Nations. It undermines peace and human rights and also sustainable development. While violent extremism does not have a precise definition, yet it goes beyond borders, nationalities, and belief systems.

In recent years, some extremist groups such as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and Al-Qaida have formed the perception of this threat. Their mentality of being intolerant towards all ideologies but their own has had damaging consequences in different areas of the world.

These extremist groups not only carry out violent acts but also exploit modern communication channels, including social media, to cover their activities. The resulting humanitarian crisis that comes as a result of their acts such as holding territories extends beyond a single region, with millions of people fleeing areas controlled by these groups. Migratory flows involve groups that seek safety and also those lured by the groups to act as fighters for their groups.

However, it is necessary to understand that violent extremism does not emerge in a vacuum. Narratives of grievance, perceived injustice, promised empowerment, and the desire for sweeping change gain traction where human rights violations persist, good governance is absent, and aspirations are crushed. Addressing violent extremism requires a holistic approach—one that tackles root causes, promotes dialogue, and fosters resilience.

The International Day for the Prevention of Violent Extremism aims to raise awareness about the threats of violent extremism and enhance international cooperation. In its resolution, the United Nations General Assembly emphasized the primary responsibility of Member States and their institutions in countering terrorism.

Freemuslim believes that all nations, organizations, and governments need to stand against violent extremism and reject any association of terrorism with any religion , nationality, or ethnic group. This is how we can build a world of peace, tolerance, harmony, and peaceful coexistence and prevail, ensuring that the hope illuminates the darkness of extremism.