Arab League: Religious Extremism in the MENA Region

On 30th August, The United Nations proceeded with a moderated caucus on the motion “factors contributing to religious extremism in the MENA region”. The low Human Development Index was identified as one of the major factors contributing to religious extremism by the delegate of Brazil. The delegate also stated that, “Religious extremists are manipulating people through gun power and religion.” Another factor the delegate included was education. If people are taught extremism, they practice and further spread extremism.

The delegate of Palestine stated that the cyber-based threats significantly affect individual societies. Extremist groups can access personal information on their rival countries or states. The delegate requested the other delegates to take charge and eliminate religious extremists from the Arab region as well as the establishment of international schools for better education. The delegate of Somalia also contributed with a psychological viewpoint that they might be under pressure due to poverty and the only solution is through violent means. To this, the delegate of Comoros added, “Through the years, people have deviated from the strict word of the holy book by interpreting it in many different ways, and establishing many different religious groups.”

All the delegates included their viewpoints with much enthusiasm and beliefs to join hands together and fight religious extremism. As the committee session came to an end, the unmoderated caucus further tackled the issues in the MENA region, with each member contributing to the committee.

Reporter: Sanya Aswal, Xinhua News Agency

Editor: Anahita Devesi