Ministry of Religious Affairs gets 7 million dinars in funding to implement its counter-terrorism strategy | Tunisia News Gazette

Ministry of Religious Affairs gets 7 million dinars in funding to implement its counter-terrorism strategy

An amount of 7 million dinars has been allocated to the Ministry of Religious Affairs for the implementation of its counter-terrorism strategy, Hakim Amayri, an advisor to the Minister of Religious Affairs reported on Wednesday.

“The fund will be dedicated to the implementation of the various components of the national counter-terrorism strategy that was developed in 2016,” he added in a statement to TAP on the sidelines of his participation in the national conference of imams preachers held from 9 to 11 April in Hammamet.

The national counter-terrorism strategy was adopted by the Security Council in the aftermath of the November 24, 2015 attack on a presidential guard bus in Tunis.

It is based on 4 main axes; prevention, protection, monitoring and response.

In the prevention side, the terrorist threat is defined as the result of various factors related, in particular, to violent extremism and fanaticism as well as to cross-border crime, weapons proliferation and political instability in the region.

The fight against terrorism involves blocking the road to any attempt to enlist young people directly or indirectly through the Internet, in mosques and prisons.

It is also done through working to create a culture of dialogue, peace, tolerance and respect for religions, beliefs and cultures.

The strategy advocates the prohibition, by law, of any form of incitement to terrorist acts, alongside the consolidation of pedagogical approaches and dialogue to build resistance to extremism.

It also suggests fighting extremism in prisons and encouraging studies on the role of women in combating this scourge.

The various points of the strategy emphasise that in its various stages, the fight against terrorism and extremism in Tunisia must be conducted in compliance with the law and human rights.

On another level, the strategy blames the perpetrators as well as planners and instigators of terrorist acts, as well as the nature of the responses.

According to the preamble of the strategy, terrorism has always been conceived as a foreign phenomenon to Tunisia.

However, and following the September 11, 2001 events, this phenomenon has grown to become a globalized plague in light of the instability of the geopolitical situation in the region.

Source: TAP News Agency

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