LONDON:Training of Trainers for youth leaders aimed at countering violent radicalization among young people has delivered at Marlborough House, London. Run by the Commonwealth Secretariat and Council of Europe, the five-day course has empowered young leaders and youth workers from member states to develop ways to combat hate speech, and strengthen support for human rights through non-formal education and awareness-raising actions. The training brought together 37 participants aged between 19 and 30 from across 22 Commonwealth countries, with many cultures and faiths or those of none represented.
Mr. Fsahat Ul Hassan presidential youth award holder and Ms. Uzma Gull from Karachi, represented Pakistan in the workshop. Both the participants appreciated the initiative of countering hate speech and radicalization by the Commonwealth secretariat. He emphasized on the empowerment and sensitization of young people because only young people has energy to bring the change. He stressed that international community to play their due role to take necessary actions against terrorism and extremism.
Mark Albon, head of Countering Violent Extremism at the Commonwealth Secretariat said, “Hate and intolerance are the currency of violent extremism. We must make it ‘our common cause’ to offer strong alternative narratives that emphasize people’s fundamental human rights, build inclusivity in our societies and diminish the efforts of those who would seek to sow division and discord across the world.” The No Hate Speech Movement is a youth campaign of the Council of Europe to promote human rights online and take action against hate speech.