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OSCE United in Countering Violent Extremism

Quote: We can’t let terrorism destroy what constitutes our societies: freedom, democracy, and rule of law.
Author: Frank-Walter Steinmeier, former OSCE Chairperson in Office
Quote: Terrorist radicalization and violent extremism affect all of our societies. The complexity of challenges demands that we be creative to tackle them effectively and build bridges on many levels: between and within countries, societies, organizations.
Author: Lamberto Zannier, OSCE Secretary General
Quote: Violence against those holding a different opinion is unacceptable.
Author: Dunja Mijatović, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media
Quote: Respect for human rights and the rule of law are pivotal to effectively counter violent extremism and terrorist radicalization. Measures that unduly curtail the rights of individuals or discriminate against particular communities only lead to more intolerance and less effectiveness.
Author: Michael Georg Link, Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
Quote: Promoting the integration of diverse societies is of key importance in preventing radicalization leading to violence. Inclusive policies with regard to participation, education, language and other areas serve to strengthen the cohesion of societies and prevent alienation and exclusion of minority groups.
Author: Astrid Thors, former OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities
Quote: It takes a whole-of-society effort to effectively respond to the threat of violent extremism and to safeguard the values that we hold dear. Elected officials and religious leaders have particularly important roles to play in supporting this collective effort, both within their own societies and in partnership with others.
Author: Roberto Montella, Secretary General of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly
Quote: We need to stand up for tolerance and mutual respect of our differences.
Author: Ivica Dacic, former OSCE Chairperson in Office