Statement on the fight against extremism signed at the East Asia Summit

Leaders of states attending East Asia Summit confirm their 'resolve to stand together in countering terrorism and extremism'.

The leaders of countries attending the East Asia Summit have signed a statement on the fight against extremism, denouncing "terrorism and violent extremism in all its forms and manifestations, including the spread of violent ideologies and propaganda.

The participants in the summit condemned "the heinous terrorist attacks in Bamako, Paris, Beirut, Sinai, Ankara and elsewhere, which are an affront to all humanity," according to the document.

In their joint statement, the leaders also "emphasize our unshaken resolve to stand together in countering terrorism and violent extremism."

The sides agreed to "work to support each other's efforts to counter violent extremism, including through coordination of efforts, capacity building and sharing of information, research, experience, best practice and lessons learned."

The document also speaks about cooperation to "counter terrorist and violent extremist ideology and propaganda," efforts to enhance "the ability of communities and individuals to challenge terrorist propaganda, including building technical capacity and capability of grass roots organizations, community leaders and people with influence to promote non-extremist messages that resonate with vulnerable individuals."

The sides also pledged to "promote the role of education in building resilience against violent extremism through fostering respect for different cultures and beliefs and providing opportunities for social and economic inclusion, given that violent extremist propaganda often targets the youth."

The statement proposes "empowering the youth, women, families, religious, cultural and education leaders and community groups to amplify alternative messages of respect, inclusiveness, social cohesion and moderation."

The leaders agreed "to work closely with the private sector, particularly the media and technology sectors, to support and promote government and civil society efforts to build resilience in communities and prevent the process of radicalization to violent extremism, particularly online."

The states agreed to "develop and implement comprehensive strategies to counter violent extremism that include non-legislative, legislative and law enforcement responses to the threat, including efforts to address the underlying conditions that are conducive to the spread of violent extremism."

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