GENEVA, 9th July 2016 (WAM) — The Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue has called for a standardised international charter to fight terrorism and all its manifestations and the growing waves of violence and extremism striking peoples and communities across the world.

Announcing the new initiative, the director-general of the centre, Dr. Hanif Al Qasim, said, “The latest acts of violence, in particular those which (last week) struck at the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina, Saudi Arabia, require concerted action, comprehensive strategies as well as political, intellectual and cultural visions from relevant international institutions and civil-action organisations to help decision makers in adopting new mechanisms to counter the cancerous spread of terrorist attacks across the world.”

He said the latest developments have crossed all lines and terrorised all societies despite all the differences between them. “Accumulated qualitative issues require non-tranditional approaches and ideas, coupled with scientific and realistic planning to support implementation.”

The proposed international charter highlights the need for a standardised definition of terrorism and violence so as to prevent interpretations based on private interests and double standards, as well as unified and integrated present and future visions for religions, media, cultural and educational trends so as to raise awareness of peoples and the young generations. The charter also calls for concerted work on executive mechanisms.

Al Qasim added that fighting terrorism can not be solely based on the use of force but should also feature military, economic and social plans to promote openness to other cultures, respect for all faiths, stronger internal and external dialogue to enable society to acquire sound knowledge from reliable sources.

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