CIMUN Chronicle / Article / 2016

Terrorism Taken on by the Arab League

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Terrorism is the most controversial and heavily debated subtopic in the Arab League because many countries have diverse experiences and opinions with terrorism. “Terrorists are held accountable through fair trial, but it is not suggested to allow for the death penalty. We also stress for ex-terrorists who have served their sentence to be safely re-implemented into society to decrease chances of them committing more violent acts,” the representative of Oman said. Oman argues for preventative actions and rehabilitation.

“Current terrorists will be met with the full strength of the Arab world. Mercy will be shown to those who leave these groups and repent. One way or another, any terrorist group will be eliminated,” the representative of Egypt said. Egypt and Saudi Arabia have argued for a more aggressive approach to policy throughout committee. It is possible that the similar approach to policy can be attributed to the fact that both countries have one of the highest populations within the Arab League.

“While those currently engaged in terror activities must be met with the full force of the Arab League, it is essential to allow for peaceful rehabilitation of those who have expressed genuine regret and sorry for their actions,” a representative of Kuwait stated. Kuwait has a similar stance as Oman on terrorism, which is likely due to both states having similar economies. Both Kuwait and Oman have emphasized the need for peaceful reform in debate and when questioned.

“Terrorists should certainly be held accountable and punishment may be doled out. In the long term, in dealing with terrorism that requires education and opportunities for those who could be swayed within terrorist groups. It is only with giving people purpose and decent lives that senseless violence of terrorism may be in control," said a representative of Algeria. Algeria has advocated strongly for education for the citizens in the Arab League as a preventive measure for terrorism and as a way for the countries to prosper. Libya, Algeria, Kuwait, and Oman have all argued against increasing military control and for the importance and necessity of education.

These member states all have varying views on terrorism but have been working hard in order to come to a consensus and achieve the best possible results for their country and the Arab League.