UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.1608
TO BE ANSWERED ON 16.03.2017
ASEAN CONFERENCE FOR PREVENTION OF RADICALIZATION
1608. SHRI K.R. ARJUNAN:
Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:
(a) whether Government plans to host a conference with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to share experiences and ideas on prevention of radicalisation;
(b) whether it is a fact that the countries want to learn from each other’s best practices on promoting de-radicalisation amid the onslaught of ISIS and other extremist ideologies; and
(c) whether countries in the region from ASEAN to Gulf have agreed to coordinate efforts to counter radicalisation and misuse of religion by groups and countries for inciting hatred and terrorisms to deal with growing ISIS threat?
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
(SHRI M. J. AKBAR)
(a) to (c) During the 14th ASEAN-INDIA Summit held on September 8, 2016 at Vientiane, Lao PDR, it was agreed to cooperate towards addressing traditional and non-traditional security challenges, including in areas of de-radicalisation and prevention of violent
extremism. India conveyed its willingness to take concrete steps to enhance the scope of cooperation in deradicalisation and counter terrorism.
India engages with several countries in the region including through the mechanism of Joint Working Groups on Counter Terrorism to share information, best practices and experiences in countering radicalisation and terrorism.