Countering violent extremism in Municipality of Hani Elezit

Kosovar Center for Security Studies (KCSS) today, on the 16th of February 2017, has organized a conference in Municipality of Hani i Elezit as a part of the project “Countering violent extremism in Kosovo”, supported by the US Embassy in Prishtina.

Panelists in this conference were:

Mr. Rufki Suma, Mayor of the Municipality of Hani i Elezit

Mr. Isa Tershana, Islamic Association in Hani i Elezit

Mr. Nuhi Dema,  Commander at the Police Station in Hani i Elezit

This panel was moderated by Skender Perteshi- researcher at Kosovar Center for Security Studies (KCSS).

The audience of this conference was composed by variety groups within Hani i Elezit municipality, representatives of communities, civil society organizations, youth organizations and representatives of the media as well. Each community leader presented challenges and problems they encounter in their communities and offered recommendations on how to prevent violent extremism and radicalization. They appreciated the role of this conference, and emphasized the importance of organizing these kind of events, in order to know more about phenomenon of violent extremism and radicalization, and finding means and opportunities of combating and preventing this phenomenon.

Moreover, during the conference the importance of organizing such an events was mentioned as a mean which will contribute directly in awareness raising against violent extremism and radicalization in Kosovo, and the importance of the cooperation between state authorities and citizens in prevention of violent extremism.