By Sanah Mehta
The international press entered the Novice DISEC at a time when possible humanitarian solutions were being discussed to combat the spread of extremism, without resorting to violent means. The main point established was that lack of basic welfare is why extremism occurs. People get easily influenced by terrorist propaganda to improve their lives, which ironically, ruins theirs and millions of others in the process.
India suggested a three part solution –– 1. Establishing an education program for youth so as to prevent them from joining extreme groups. 2. Setting up an economic program to provide jobs and financial help to adults. 3. Adding filters on social media to stop terrorists from recruiting members. South Africa seconded these measures by adding that there should be policing on social networks and censorship of hate speech. Iran suggested that safety zones should be set up on the borders and in many countries, which would house education and rehab centres, and would be guarded by UN peacekeepers. He said, “This is a form of aid for many countries to prevent extremism.”
On the other hand, Republic of Korea disagreed on this idea, saying, “We do not support the censorship of social media. We believe in a holistic approach –– through education, economic support , and military intervention. Colombia concluded by emphasising that unification is the solution. Through unity, extremism would be combated.