Extremism, terrorism must not be linked to religions — Arab States

GENEVA, March 17 (KUNA) — All forms of violent extremism must not be linked to any religion or civilization or racial groups because all heavenly doctrines advocate peace, the Arab Group at the United Nations Human Rights Council has emphasized.
Combating violent radicalism, terrorism, protecting and boosting human rights and basic freedoms, as well as safeguarding law sovereignty, are all interrelated objectives said the Group, in a statement read on its behalf by Ambassador Jamal Al-Ghenaim, the State of Kuwait Delegate during a UNHCR’s discussion panel on combating such violence.
Violent extremism and radicalism have been taking various forms, in mounting numbers, in several countries; and “they have been increasingly feeding various forms of violence including terrorism,” he said on the Group’s behalf.
The Arab Group strongly believes that fighting radical extremism and uprooting radicalism warrant greater attention, continuing international and regional cooperation, in tandem with the fight against terrorism, said Ambassador Al-Ghenaim.
Shedding light on these problems’ roots, the ambassador mentioned lack of proper education, soaring poverty and incitement rhetoric, as some of the factors that lead to developing a sense of inferiority by communities and individuals. Such feelings motivate these groups to seek non-peaceful means to express their suffering from injustice. Moreover, hatred of foreigners and hostility against religions encourage youth to be enrolled in radical and terrorist groups. Therefore, there must be bold action on part of the institutions in fighting such dangerous perils.
Governments should devote special concern to examining these causes to forestall birth of groups harboring ill feelings or hatred that tend to take action for service of what they deem as their “causes or ideas.” The international community which possesses specialized agencies, councils and organizations should help governments, politicians and religious scholars by working out a non-compelling “road map” to stem growth of such radical groups, Ambassador Al-Ghenaim, said.
Confronting the violent groups and terrorists should also involve drying up their financial resources. (end) ta.rk