Indonesian president Joko Widodo urges 'collective action' to fight violent extremism

Indonesian President Joko Widodo.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo.PHOTO: REUTERS

JAKARTA - Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Tuesday (Nov 1) called for "collective action" to fight against violent extremism, which he said stemmed from global injustice and has led to terror acts in Indonesia and other countries.

"There are groups that want to shake the unity of Indonesia with terror acts like Bali bombing in 2002 and the bombing in Thamrin, Jakarta, in early 2016. But with the spirit of security and cooperation that we have, Indonesia has successfully thwarted the terror acts and they have failed to paralyse us," he said.

He was speaking to global religious leaders, as he officiated the opening of the World Peace Forum, which will end on Thursday (Nov 3).

"I hope this forum brings about productive dialogues in strengthening our efforts to bring peace to our respective countries, and to world peace," he said.

Co-hosted by the Center for Dialogue and Cooperation among Civilizations (CDCC) of Indonesia's second-largest Islamic organisation, Muhammadiyah, and the Cheng Ho Multicultural Education Trust based in Malaysia, the sixth forum's theme is "Countering violent extremism: Human dignity, global injustice and collective responsibility"".

Around 200 participants including scholars of various faiths, intellects and peace activists from 52 countries will take part in the conference, which organisers say will discuss violent extremism at the national and global level.

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