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Countering violent extremism

The Commonwealth supports international efforts to counter violent extremism in all its forms.

Commonwealth Heads of Government have affirmed that violent extremism represents a serious threat to international peace and security, shared values and aspirations, social harmony and economic and social development.

Countering violent extremism is a broad term that refers to responses that seek to prevent or mitigate violent extremism through non-coercive measures.

Commonwealth rule of law expertise supports countries in adopting proportionate and effective legal responses to violent extremists. This includes support to legislation related to terrorism, financial crime, corruption, cybercrime, and the prohibition of national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence

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