OSCE teaches young Kyrgyz leaders how to prevent violent extremism, terrorism


ISSYK-KUL, Kyrgyzstan -- The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) organised a three-day workshop in Issyk-Kul on the prevention of violent extremism and radicalisation that leads to terrorism (VERLT), the OSCE said on its website Tuesday (June 18).

Some 30 young community activists from all seven provinces of Kyrgyzstan participated in the intensive training workshop, which ended Tuesday.

Three specialists from the Interior Ministry (MVD)'s Service for Countering Extremism and Illegal Migration, aided by the OSCE, conducted the training.

They improved the "participants' awareness on the relevant legal framework, key terms and concepts, principles of tolerance and diversity, online prevention of violent extremism as well as possible driving factors of and ways to prevent VERLT", said the website.

"The training course is a great platform to bring together young leaders of Kyrgyzstan, to enhance their knowledge of VERLT and combine their efforts in peace-building and stability, both in Kyrgyzstan and across the region," said Sergei Sizov, the police co-operation officer in the OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek.

Participants engaged in interactive group and individual work, including presentations, discussions, case studies and practical exercises, as well as artistic performances.

The activities enabled the young community leaders to draft their own initiatives on thwarting VERLT at the community level, according to the OSCE.

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