The event, led by UNODC and the EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator (EU-CTC), focused on “Prevention and Response to Terrorist Attacks on the Basis of Xenophobia, Racism and other forms of Intolerance, or in the Name of Religion or Belief: Perspectives beyond the West /Violent Right-Wing Extremism.”

The roundtable was driven by a substantial increase in violent incidents perpetrated by individuals and groups driven by ideologies rooted in XRIRB – Xenophobia, Racism, Intolerance, in the Name of Religion or Belief. During the session, UNODC and the EU presented perspectives on XRIRB, also focusing on non-Western contexts and Brazil in particular.

The event emphasized the role of social media in extremist activities and the vulnerability of young people to online recruitment. Brazil implemented a parental control program to counter online recruitment, engaging with social media platforms. Research on Brazilian extremist groups revealed ideological coherence on gender roles but detected incoherence due to limited knowledge.

The EU Justice and Home Affairs Ministers adopted work streams to better understand and combat the threat within Europe, promoting best practices, tackling online extremism, and encouraging cross-border cooperation.

The need for coordinated international and domestic responses and a whole-of-society approach to tackle the global threat of xenophobia, racism, and right-wing extremism was emphasized during the roundtable. The event aimed to raise awareness and promote discussions on this phenomenon at both regional and global levels.

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Published on 13.11.2023

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