Ethiopia: AU alerts member states to danger of extremism in learning institutions

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) -  Reaffirming the need for alternative narratives and effective government regulation, the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has urged member countries to remain vigilant with a view to preventing infiltration of their  learning institutions by terrorist and violent extremist groups.

According to the PSC, terrorism and violent extremism pose serious threats to peace, security and stability in some parts of the continent and, for this reason, the AU has urged member countries to ensure effective control of all education curricula -- from kindergarten to the highest institutions of learning.

"No country can unilaterally confront and defeat terrorism and violent extremism," the PSC warned in a communiqué issued on Wednesday, following a briefing by the Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa (CISSA) and the African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT) on these scourges.

The Council underscored the importance of timely and coordinated responses to early warnings, including intelligence sharing as well as regional and continental collective security arrangements in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism.

It reaffirmed the AU conviction that "terrorism, radicalization and violent extremism can only be effectively addressed through the use of a holistic approach that combine security and military action and, in the longer term, economic and social development."

In the Council's view, AU member States should deploy necessary efforts and effectively address the root causes and the underlying conditions that give rise to the spread of terrorism and violent extremism, including poverty, marginalization and youth unemployment,  as well as economic, social and political exclusion.

In addition, the PSC underlined the importance for member States to ensure effective state control over the breadth and length of their territories, in order to avoid the creation of ungoverned spaces that were often exploited by terrorist and violent extremist groups.
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31 may 2017 17:36:31

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