Central Asia: Countering incitement and violent extremism, the focus of meeting in Tashkent

19 December 2010

Experts from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan addressed the threat of incitement and violent extremism leading to terrorism at a regional seminar held in Tashkent from 9 to 10 December 2010.

Organized by the Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED) and the Action against Terrorism Unit of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), in association with the Government of Uzbekistan, the seminar brought together international, regional and national authorities to discuss effective strategies to prevent incitement to commit terrorist acts.

Participants reviewed national experiences, reflected upon international standards and good practices, and recommended operational response models. Ultimately, the goal is to reduce violent extremism and the threat of terrorist incitement in Central Asia, a region affected by the instability and terrorist activities in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

“The fight against terrorism, including incitement motivated by extremism and intolerance, requires a comprehensive approach and unremitting effort by the United Nations and all States,” said Mr. Weixiong Chen, Head of the CTED delegation.

Although States have a responsibility to prevent and combat terrorism, they are not expected to do so alone. Mr. Raphael Perl, Head of the OSCE Action against Terrorism Unit, said that responding to this transnational and global threat calls for “a vast range of expert knowledge enhanced by domestic and international cooperation.”

Regional and international organizations can assist in identifying and implementing good practices that are in line with such international standards as United Nations resolutions and OSCE commitments.

Resolution 1624, adopted by the Security Council in 2005, provides guidance in dealing with incitement and violent extremism. Among other things, the resolution calls upon States to strengthen border security, enhance dialogue and understanding among civilizations, and prohibit and prevent incitement to commit terrorist acts. It stresses that all measures taken by States should comply with their obligations under international law.

“Human rights safeguards are as important as law enforcement operations when it comes to national endeavours,” Mr. Chen said. “Success can only be achieved if human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the rights to freedom of expression and association, are respected.”

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