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ASEAN members promote cooperation in fighting violent extremism

August, 07 2019
MPS - The Working Group of the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crimes (SOMTC) in coordination with the US organized an ASEAN-US conference on developing national action plans to prevent and counter violent extremism on August 5 and 6 in Surabaya, Indonesia.

Delegates at the conference.


The conference saw the presence of representatives of the ASEAN member countries at the SOMTC and related ASEAN organizations. Representatives of the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) of Vietnam a Standing Member of SOMTC, also attended the conference.

Participants in the conference shared experience of ASEAN countries and non-ASEAN countries in the world in preventing and countering violent extremism to help ASEAN countries implement their policies in this field.

Delegates at the conference delivered speeches and presentations, and discussed action plans to prevent and combat violent extremism in ASEAN; highlighted the role of women and youths, the importance of education, rehabilitation and reintegration of former violent extremists in an effort to fight violence extremism.

The Vietnamese delegate of the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security also delivered a keynote speech on the national strategy on countering terrorism and violent extremism.

The Vietnamese delegation also participated in the 2nd ASEAN Meeting on Developing and Implementing ASEAN’s Draft Work Plan to Prevent the Rise of Radicalism and Violent Extreme in 2018-2025 Period, taking place on August 7 and 8.

This plan aims to provide a mechanism for ASEAN members to prevent the rise of radicalism and violent extremism. The mechanism will guide relevant organizations of ASEAN to implement necessary approaches and evaluate results of the prevention of radicalism and violent extremism, contributing to building a safe and human-centered ASEAN Community.

Based on the 2015 UN Action Plan, the ASEAN Draft Work Plan also aims at  promoting dialogue and preventing conflict; improving state management, human rights and legal systems; linking communities; empowering women and improving gender equality; providing education services, life skills and working conditions.

By Giang Anh