Geneva, March 15: A Conference titled on “Countering Violent Extremism: European Context and the Bangladeshi Diaspora” and its impact and policy options to defend secularism and democracy will be held on the 22 March 2018 at The Palais des Nations, UN, Geneva.
The organisers of the conference said that the key objective of the Geneva conference is to uphold secularism to counter violent terrorism and rise of extremism in the name of religion across the globe including Bangladesh. The Geneva conference will discuss the role of the government and the civil society that may help formulate Action Programmes. It is hoped that the Conference will bring together secular forces, activists, think tanks, politicians both national and European, journalists and create strong public opinion in favour of the secular forces and against the violent extremist groups.
Speakers who will address the conference are: Jakob de Jong, Director, The Hague Peace, from the Netherlands, Dr. Siegfried O. Wolf, Director of Research, South Asia Democratic Forum (SADF), from Belgium, Ms. Nicola Spafford Furey, Vice President, Earth Focus Foundation, from Switzerland, Major General (Retired) Abdur Rashid, Executive Director of the Institute of Conflict, Law & Development Studies (ICLDS) from Bangladesh, Prof Dr. Willem van der Geest, Chief Economist, formerly Director at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, New York, Dr. Ms. Shammi Ahmed, formerly Senior Advisor at International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Asia -Pacific ZoneandMs. Karima Bennoune, UN Special Rapporteur, OHCHR, Geneva.
The event is being organised by the European Bangladesh Forum (EBF), a platform of Bangladeshi diaspora in Europe. This conference is a follow up event from the previous conference held in July 2017 at the European Press Club in Brussels, addressing Islamist attacks in Dhaka and Brussels.