Bangladesh maintains a “zero tolerance” policy towards terrorism and violent extremism, said Bangladesh’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Rabab Fatima yesterday.
“While adopting a ‘whole-of-society’ approach in our efforts, we have also included de-radicalisation and counter-terrorism issues in school curriculum,” she said while speaking as a panelist at a side-event in the UN Headquarters in New York.
As a part of observance of the Inter-Faith Harmony Week, the UN Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect organised the event, titled “Addressing hate speech and preventing incitement to discrimination, hostility and violence: Synergies within the UN systems”.
Bangladesh, Morocco and Italy co-sponsored it.
In her remarks, Ambassador Fatima quoted Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s statement -- “‘religion is one’s own; but festivals are for everyone” -- and shared how in Bangladesh the Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and Christians, are cohabiting in harmony.
She said Bangladesh has been leveraging the place of religious leaders and teachers in the society to guard against misuse of religion and spread of hatred, intolerance and violence, according to a statement.
She also cited examples of involving religious leaders, places of worship and religious organisations, and highlighted the government’s “zero tolerance” policy towards terrorism and violent extremism.
Ambassador Fatima focused on Bangladesh’s multilateral engagements in preventing violent extremism and propagating inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue as the proponent of Bangladesh’s signature resolution on Culture of Peace at the UN.
She suggested that the UN Plans of Action are implemented to counter hate speech, including against the Rohingya.
Adama Dieng, UN secretary-general’s special adviser for the prevention of genocide, who moderated the event, mentioned Bangladesh’s prime minister -- praising her decision to allow formal education for the Rohingya population in the camps in Cox’s Bazar.
A large number of member states and civil society organisations attended the event.