Violence and Security

  • UN, Saudi Arabian Foundation Host Forum for "Tolerance"

    September 21, 2017

    The UN Development Programme and the Saudi Arabia-based Misk Foundation recently hosted a forum in New York with the aim of teaching youth to fulfill the UN Sustainable Development Goals by "sparking dialogue on issues of tolerance, peace and sustainability" and preventing violent extremism.

  • OSCE: Respect Prisoner Rights to Counter Extremism

    September 21, 2017

    The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights recently co-hosted an event in Warsaw calling for national compliance with the global human rights agenda as a "central component" of countering violent extremism and radicalization in prisons.

  • OSCE Meeting Combats "Hatred" in Public Space

    September 21, 2017

    The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe's (OSCE) Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina recently hosted a meeting of 31 "Coalitions against Hate" as part of the security organization's "Super Citizens" initiative aimed at developing "positive messages to counter hatred in the society" and combat "negative discourse in the public space."

  • Al-Qaeda Militants Fill IS Vacuum in Syria

    September 20, 2017

    Al-Qaeda militants have stepped into the vacuum left by the defeat of Islamic State (IS) fighters in Syria, warring against both the al-Assad regime and its opposition for control over terrain that international powers were trying to establish as "de-escalation zones" safe for civilians.

  • Boko Haram Causes Widespread Child Displacement

    September 20, 2017

    The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) reports that the sustained militant terror campaign waged by Islamist jihadi group Boko Haram has led to a massive child displacement crisis for over 1.4 million Nigerian children and an estimated quarter-million more in neighboring West African countries.

  • May Threatens Fines for Tech Giants over Terror Content

    September 20, 2017

    Politico reports that, at a meeting she is co-hosting at the UN General Assembly this week, UK Prime Minister Theresa May will threaten to fine social media companies that fail to remove content promoting terrorism from their online platforms within two hours of its posting.

  • UK Is Top Consumer of Jihadist Content in EU

    September 20, 2017

    According to researchers at the UK think tank Policy Exchange, Britain is the largest consumer in the EU of online content from jihadist groups inspired by the Islamic State (IS), raising red flags in the struggle by British government officials and tech giants to halt the online radicalization of would-be perpetrators of terrorist acts in the country.

  • UK Commission Proposes Voting Ban over Politician "Abuse"

    September 20, 2017

    The Guardian reports that a recent submission from the UK's Electoral Commission to a committee studying the intimidation of politicians has proposed a potential voting ban for those found guilty of "abusive behaviour in relation to candidates and campaigners."

  • Critics Point to Chilling Effects of German "Hate Speech" Law

    September 18, 2017

    The BBC reports on the growing debate in Germany over the potential chilling effects of a law set to enter into force in October that provides for large fines of social media companies that do not take down "blatantly illegal" speech, including "defamation of religions, religious and ideological associations," from their online platforms.

  • NYT Critiques Forms of Private Internet Censorship

    September 15, 2017

    The New York Times has published an editorial expressing alarm about the implications of a website security and performance company's decision to effectively take off-line a neo-Nazi website for mocking a victim of violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, arguing that private internet censorship presents a new problem for freedom of expression.

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