Opening remarks by Dr. Joris van Wijk (CICJ) during EFSAS Seminar at the VU University
Dr. Joris van Wijk, Professor of International Crimes, Conflict and Criminology and Co-Director of the Center for International Criminal Justice (CICJ), moderated the event and began his speech by illuminating the fact that recently international attention in regards to terrorism has been disproportionately focused on the Middle Eastern region, while erroneously turning a blind eye to the Indian subcontinent, which has been ravaged by violent conflicts and extremism for decades. Dr. van Wijk argued that Europe, while being concentrated on the influx of refugees and migrants from Syria and Iraq, has neglected the ongoing radicalization and terrorism which takes place in South Asia. He further deliberated upon the ongoing trends and patterns regarding extremism worldwide described in the Global Terrorism Index, which clearly put the countries of South Asia among the forefront of transgressors.
Opening remarks of Dr. Joris van Wijk during EFSAS Seminar at the VU University