Countering the Destructive Ideology
At the Astana Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in 2017, the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev announced the inadmissibility of engaging the growing generation in the activities of various terrorist and radical structures. The head of our state especially stressed the need to protect young people from various destructive ideas, create conditions for them to receive modern education and nurture a comprehensively advanced generation.
This concept was consistently promoted by the leader of Uzbekistan at various international venues. The attention of the world community has repeatedly been focused on the topical and urgent issue: precipitating the radicalization of the views of young people. This was mentioned, in particular, in the speeches of the head of our state at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly in September 2017.
The concern of the President of Uzbekistan found full understanding and comprehensive support among the SCO countries. In an appeal adopted at the initiative of the Uzbek side during the June session of the Council of Heads of State of the SCO in Qingdao, China, the leaders of Uzbekistan, India, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia and Tajikistan recognized that young people are becoming the object of close attention and purposeful influence on the part of various types of terrorist organizations and extremist movements that seek to entice them into their destructive activities through manipulation of the youth’s fragile consciousness.
Decisively and principally condemning the engagement of young people in the activities of terrorist, separatist and extremist structures, the heads of state stressed the need to take coordinated and urgent measures to counter the spread of radical and destructive ideologies among the younger generation, including preventing and suppressing propaganda, inciting violence, as well as recruitment, including through the internet.
The importance of promoting initiatives in this direction was noted, including by improving the legal framework for the full realization of the rights of young people and creating favorable conditions for stimulating the aspirations of young men and women to acquire knowledge and education.
The leaders of the Shanghai Eight expressed their firm belief in the need to counteract the radicalization of youth and its involvement in destructive activities through joint implementation of the priority tasks and goals of the youth policy of the SCO member states.
Moreover, following the results of the Qingdao Summit, the Program of Action for implementing the provisions of the Joint Appeal of the Heads of State of the SCO Member States to Youth was approved.
It includes, inter alia, provisions on the development and promotion within the UN of documents on youth rights and the prevention of its participation in destructive activities, the development of contacts and links among youth organizations, joint economic and humanitarian initiatives that encourage young men and women to engage in entrepreneurial activities and participate in innovative projects, the creation within the SCO of an association of young scientists, the development of youth tourism.
These issues are becoming even more urgent today and a cause for concern in many countries of the world, as evidenced by the increased interest on the part of foreign representatives to the recent international conference in Tashkent and Samarkand under the auspices of the OSCE, “On the role of youth in preventing and countering violent extremism and radicalization leading to terrorism”.
Experts and specialists from 22 nations – representatives of governments, parliaments, public organizations, research institutions and youth organizations, as well as international bodies discussed in detail the issues of combating extremism and radicalization among young people, cooperation between the state and civil society in this direction.
The participants of the event were unanimous in their opinion on the timeliness and relevance of the initiatives of the President of Uzbekistan to prevent the involvement of youth in terrorist activities, the creation of conditions for the young people to attain a decent place in life, to provide them with all possible support, and ensure their professional employment.
Foreign representatives conveyed their special support for the thesis of the ineffectiveness of primarily forceful measures in the fight against terrorism and the need to strengthen precautionary measures to prevent the involvement of youth in the ranks of radical organizations.
International conference under OSCE auspices in Tashkent