Coun­ter­ing the De­struc­tive Ide­ol­ogy

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - TODAY IN UZBEKISTAN - Rah­mat­ulla NAZAROV, Mem­ber of Se­nate of the Oliy Ma­jlis

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

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