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ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Workshop in Brussels discusses how to better prevent radicalisation
On February 15 and 16, the European Union (EU), together with Australia and the Philippines, hosted in Brussels an ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Workshop on Mainstreaming the Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE) in the ARF region.
The prevention of violent extremism is one of the five priorities of the ARF Work Plan for Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime. It shows a greater consciousness among the 27 ARF members of the need to enhance cooperation and develop a coordinated strategy in this field. For the EU, countering violent extremism is a particularly relevant domain of cooperation and co-sponsoring a workshop on this pressing issue was an interesting opportunity to share good practices.
In particular, participants took stock of existing community-driven PVE initiatives, with a focus on those led by the youth. They also addressed the issue of de-radicalisation, rehabilitation and reintegration of violent extremists in prison settings as well as the need to design and implement successful counter-narratives. The importance of coordinating our efforts toward the implementation of regional and international P/CVE policy framework was also highlighted.
The workshop was attended by expert delegates from many ARF countries. The ARF is a key partner for the EU as regards the prevention of violent extremism and hosting an ARF Workshop shows again EU's willingness to increase its engagement with the region.