We work under this principle to tackle violent extremism and armed conflicts.
Up until today, the world has faced countless issues regarding terrorism and armed conflicts, resulting in an unimaginable volume of casualties and refugees. To tackle such crises, military actions have been applied. However, the situation has not seen any sign of improvement. To make matters worse, since 2011, the world has faced an unparalleled scale of terrorist threats and violent conflicts.
The map below shows the number of terrorist attacks worldwide, counted from January 1st, 2016 to February 8th, 2019.
Source：Esri Story Maps team and PeaceTech Lab（2019）
In the face of such a reality, we strongly believe in the need to ‘Accept’ former violent extremists. This concept is merely an idea based on philanthropism. When analyzing the structural issues in conflicts and violent extremism, as well as the history of hatred between humanities, we find that the action to “Accept” individuals is necessary. As practitioners in the field of countering violent extremism and conflict resolution, we need to apply a peaceful approach rather than one of brutal force.