Fostering Inclusive Societies Helps Stem Violence

Morten Kjaerum2“It was a terrible attack in Paris last week. A normal, fun, Friday night in town with friends going to a football match, to dine, drink, or hear music was torn apart and ripped to pieces. The feeling of safety which is key to our well-being took a serious blow,” says Morten Kjaerum, the director of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, in responding to the attacks in Paris last week.

“And only days before the Paris attacks, twin bombings in Beirut, Lebanon killed 44 people.

“Whether it be a horrific terrorist attack in Beirut, Ankara, or Paris, our thoughts are with the families and friends who lost a person dear to them and to the wounded and traumatised.

“’What we knew before the explosions, and what we’ve known for a long time, is the anger, frustration, and political or religious motives which in a destructive melange lead young men and women to turn seriously violent. One key factor – for sure not the only – is the sense of not belonging, not feeling included.

“The Raoul Wallenberg Institute has recently made Inclusive Societies one of its focus areas. In the wake of these most recent attacks, the staff at the Institute has gathered a broad selection of articles and pieces of interest on inclusion and inclusive societies, radicalisation, and racism, among other issues.

“The list of resources aims to advance these serious and increasingly important discussions about how to create more inclusive societies that can eventually eliminate the dynamics that lead to violent behaviour.”

Resources on Inclusive Societies, Tolerance, and Non-discrimination, among others

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