‘Youth radicalization in South Asia demands urgent attention’
State Defence Minister Premitha Bandara Tennakoon called for collective effort to address online radicalization of youth. The State Minister said that online youth radicalization in the South Asian region is a complex
challenge that demands urgent attention and through fostering education, collaboration, socio-economic development and leveraging technology responsibly.
“We can empower our youth to resist extremist narratives and pave the way for a more peaceful and harmonious future in the region,” he said.
Tennakoon made these remarks as chief guest at a Youth De-Radicalization Workshop organized by Search for Common Ground with Meta (Facebook), Skype, Twitter and Messenger, at the Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo, on Thursday
Delving deep into the subject, the State Minister noted, “Youth radicalization doesn’t occur in a vacuum. It’s often born out of a complex interplay of socio-economic disparities, political instability, marginalization and a lack of education or opportunities and addressing radicalization requires a multifaceted approach – one that goes beyond mere security measures.”
He said that the social media has evolved as social nations and exerts enormous influence around the world.
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