Egypt to Form Parliamentary Committee to Fight Hate Speech
Egyptian parliament Speaker Ali Abdel Aal expressed his determination to form a special parliamentary committee focused on combating hate speech and violence.
“Extremism needs a comprehensive treatment based on addressing the ideological roots of terrorism,” he pointed out.
On Monday, Abdel Aal participated in the meeting of the High-Level Advisory Group on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism of the Inter-Parliamentary Union and explained Egypt's vision in this regard.
The meeting is part of the 141th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) currently being held in the Serbian capital of Belgrade.
During the meeting, Abdel Aal reviewed the outcome of the first regional conference of the IPU and the UN for the Middle East and North Africa, held in Luxor in February.
The conference was aimed at exploring how parliaments can contribute to counter-terrorism efforts, and build a foundation for future activities in the region in this domain.
In his speech, Abdel Aal noted that the Luxor conference yielded many results, the foremost of which was the realization that extremism needs a comprehensive treatment, based on tackling the ideological roots of takfiri thought that leads to terrorism.
He affirmed the link between the spread of extremist ideology and the committing of actual terrorist acts.
Egypt had realized this fact since it had started its fight against terrorism, he said, adding that Cairo defends not only its security and that of the Middle East, but also the security of Europe and the whole world.
Established in 2017, the High-Level Advisory Group on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism consists of parliament members who can help push the counter-terrorism joint program through sharing relevant experience.
The program will support work at the national, regional and international levels. It aims to facilitate the transposition of international resolutions and decisions into domestic legislation and promote regional parliamentary cooperation.