The citizens’ opinions on violent extremism in Kosovo

The citizens’ opinions on violent extremism in Kosovo

Pristina, 13 June 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

An opinion poll published by Kosovo Center for Security Studies indicates the citizens’ views against violent extremism and radicalism in Kosovo.

According to the opinion poll, around 57 percent of respondents declare that the government of Kosovo has failed in the fight against violent extremism and radicalism in Kosovo.

Vesa Kelmendi of KCSS said that citizens believe that Kosovo is lacking the rule of law for the prevention of violent extremism and radicalism.

“Citizens of Kosovo have more faith in religious institutions for the prevention of extremism than state institutions, because a large percentage of them believe that institutions have failed in the fight against violent extremism and radicalism”, she said.

Head of the Kosovo Center for Security Studies, Florian Qehaja said that the citizens’ perceptions are necessary for the prevention of extremism in Kosovo, although more should be done in this aspect.

“We’re far from our goal of preventing extremism. Investments must be made in culture, education and raise people’s awareness through different forms”, Qehaja said.

Besa Ismaili, professor at the Faculty for Islamic Studies, said that religious institutions have done more in fighting radicalism and extremism.

She demanded for religious teachings should be introduced in schools in order to promote greater religious tolerance in Kosovo.

Meanwhile, the report says that around 76% of the citizens of Kosovo seen terrorist organizations such as ISIS and Al-Nusra as a real danger, while 8% see these organizations as an average danger. /balkaneu.com/