Arab leaders must address the cause behind the rise in radicalisation, says Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary General also called on public institutions to do more to fight corruption
Arab leaders must address the cause behind the rise in radicalisation, says Ban Ki-moon
By Neil Halligan
Tue 10 Feb 2015 09:16 AM

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said world leaders need to address the marginalisation and exclusion that has driven people to radicalisation.

Addressing the UAE Government Summit at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, he said the increased extremism in recent years is a worry for the Arab world.

“We meet at a time of international turmoil. The Israel-Palestine conflict continues to take a terrible toll on individuals while undermining prospects for long term peace and stability. The Arab world faces threats from instability in Yemen and threats from Daesh. We have been appalled by the recent upsurge in violent extremism,” he told the packed audience in the main arena in Madinat Jumeirah.

“I have repeatedly condemned those committing atrocious acts against civilians, calling on the need to respect human rights. We need to address the marginalisation and exclusion of people that drives them to radicalisation. Leaders must listen carefully and sincerely to the voices of people to understand what their aspirations and challenges are,” he added.

The South Korean native, who succeeded Kofi Annan in 2007, said public institutions should do more to fight corruption.

“People are calling for greater transparency, accountability and democracy. Corrupt, abusive and exclusive public institutions breed hopelessness that leads to unrest. True stability demands transparent institutions which treat people equally,” he said.

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