Countering violent extremism is high on the agenda of a four-day international forum, which will be attended by politicians, scholars, activists and businessmen in Jakarta early next month.
Held biennially by civil society groups since 2006, the sixth World Peace Forum is expected to come up with policy recommendations on countering extremism in Indonesia and elsewhere.
The initiative comes as violent extremism shows no signs of abating, despite it increasingly being addressed at many such forums, said Din Syamsuddin, chairman of the Jakarta-based Center for Dialogue and Cooperation Among Civilizations, or CDCC.
“It may be caused by a lack of understanding of violent extremism in the context of global injustice,” he told the press in Jakarta on Tuesday (04/10).
The CDCC is jointly hosting the forum with Indonesia’s second-largest Muslim group Muhammadiyah and Malaysia’s Cheng-Ho Multicultural Education Trust.
Muhammadiyah secretary general Abdul Mu’ti said the main point on the agenda at the forum is highly relevant, as violence has been largely rooted in extremism.
“The matter has surely become a huge question that we should answer together. We can’t just keep condemning it without taking action,” he said.
The forum is expected to address the root causes of violent extremism, said Chusnul Mar’iyah, head of the forum steering committee. “We hope for a collaboration in research as well as concrete actions to counter violent extremism and promote a culture of nonviolence.”
More than a hundred national and international leaders are scheduled to attend next month’s forum, where President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla are expected to make opening and closing remarks.
Keynote speakers will include National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe and Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Previous forums have addressed a wide range of issues, all of which had been related to global peace efforts.