Preventing Terrorism and Extremism through Community Engagement – IUB Chapter

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Terrorism is a crime against humanity and affects every human of the world. Bangladesh isn’t an exception and also faces the same problems. But Bangladesh has taken the challenge to counter and prevent terrorism and violent extremism with the cooperation and assistance of global communities.  In addition, for strengthening the anti-terrorism countering capacity, the government of Bangladesh enacted a new law in 2017. To fulfill the purposes of the law, the Anti- Terrorism Unit has been raised as the lead agency to deal with radicalization, extremism, and violent extremism issues in Bangladesh.

In extension, ATU has organized a daylong program on 17th February 2020 in Independent University of Bangladesh (IUB) in association with Community Development for Peace (CDP) with a slogan of Militancy and Extremism Kill Dreams. The main goal of this seminar was to raise awareness against negativity such as terrorism, extremism, and radicalism to a large number of young students, including 30% of the faculty members of Independent University Bangladesh. ATU successfully carried out the event to enlighten students to build positive not only their own future but also to provide enhancement to others. 50% of the participants were female. The seminar was l taken place in the auditorium of Independent University, Bangladesh.

In the seminar the Professor Milan Pagon, PhD Vice Chancellor (Acting) of Independent University, Bangladesh we had given the welcome speech. Subsequently, speaker from Anti Terrorism Unit as well as International high commission gave their speech gradually. Md. Didar Ahamed, BPM, PPM Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Anti Terrorism Unit, Bangladesh Police delivered his incredible speech on the role of Anti Terrorism Unit of Bangladesh Police to public participation. Md. Moniruzzaman, BPM, PPM Additional Deputy Inspector General Anti-Terrorism Unit Bangladesh Police has given a wonderful speech to the students on countering violent extremism through community engagement. The auditorium was full of students during the seminar session. There was an interactive session on questions and answer giving session. Young people expressed their queries on terrorism and extremism. Professor Dr. Md. Abdul Khaleque Dean of School of Environmental Science and Management, Independent University, Bangladesh shared the role of the institution in reducing violence and extremism and University roles in youth engagement his interest to work for preventing terrorism. He added that IUB is very keen to organize this sort of program furthermore. Mr. Kanbar Hossein –Bor Deputy British High

Commissioner British High Commission in Dhaka, Bangladesh had attended several awareness build up programs of ATU. He shared his journey of identity on fear, failure, and resilience. His inspiring speech towards today’s young generation indicated the courageous approaches to prevent any violence. Her Excellency Ms. Penny Morton Honorable High Commissioner (Acting) Australian High Commission, Dhaka and Mr. A. Matin Chowdhury Chairman, Board of Trusty Independent University, Bangladesh introduced themselves and express their own interest to promote no terrorism. Mohammad Abul Kashem BPM- Sheba Additional Inspector General Anti Terrorist Unit, Bangladesh Police delivered his speech on the role of Anti Terrorism Unit to CVE and encouraged the young generation.

The workshop took place on February 17, 2020, in the premises of Independent University Bangladesh (IUB), Dhaka, Bangladesh. Throughout all departments of IUB, more than 600 participants joined in Session one. In the first session, there was a series of lectures by the foreign delegates and expertise focusing on various aspects of the subject of the seminar. The session was followed by lunch. In the workshop session, 120 participants joined and joyfully participated.

Sometimes I feel better when I’m with my college family

The workshop participants were divided into ten separate groups led by professionals.  It was organized in the context of Preventing Terrorism and Extremism through Community Engagement. The workshop gathered IUB faculty and students, ATU body, Foreign Delegates and its main objectives were to:

  • Find out the root causes and its solution regarding terrorism and extremism.
  • Role of different institutions to prevent terrorism and extremism
  • Importance of bridging between police and community to prevent violence and extremism.
  • Discuss the possible strategies to work with people, government and international communities for preventing terrorism.

The workshop was participated by a hundred students from IUB. Students were divided into ten groups and discussed ten different topics regarding the objectives of the workshop. Each table was supervised by one IUB faculty and one facilitator. Each group disused the topic and prepared a poster highlighting the main points of the group discussion and presented that 3-minute presentation and 2 minutes Q/A for everyone. It was an energetic session. Participants also took the opportunity to ask the observers about their queries concerning the topics. After all the discussion and final presentations were done there was a certificate giving ceremony. The students actively participated in and enjoyed the workshop. Overall it was a fruitful workshop with effective findings.