It is necessary to distinguish between radical opinions and violent behavior: Professor

One expert told lawmakers trying to deal with ideologically motivated violent extremism (IMVE) in Canada that violent behavior and radical opinion should be treated as separate issues.

In the testimony in the House of Representatives Public Security and National Security Commission On Monday, Christian Luprecht, a professor of political science at the Royal Military University, said that “idealistically motivated violent extremism” refers to speech and “idealistically motivated extremist” is a physical act of violence. He explained that it is necessary to distinguish between “violence”.

“Only under very special circumstances is the statement itself a crime. Rather, the criminal justice system in democracy is generally structured to deal with post-criminal activity. Intentions and motives are punishment. It may affect the degree of, but is usually not punished, “Leuprecht wrote in a research treatise.

“Democracy is based on the premise that freedom of speech and thought is prioritized, which is why speech is protected from the arbitrary, arbitrary, arbitrary interference of the government,” he said.

Alone with him Survey reportLeuprecht says, “From doing nothing to doing something, from legal political action to illegal political action, and from illegal political action to the killing of civilians.” We have identified 12 different mechanisms that lead to radical behavior.

IMVE has increased the number of deaths and injuries in Canada since 2014, outpacing the casualties of religious or politically motivated violence, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service said. report..

The general public tends to simplify the reasons behind violence, but according to Leiprecht, it is not simply due to the perpetrator’s religion, age, political opinion, or country of origin.

“There are so many religious people, few who use violence, and many who become violent … are non-religious or do not stick to certain forms of idealism …” said Leuprecht. ..

“It is very important to understand that predictors are multifaceted and can be combined in different ways in different cases.”

Leuprecht suggested that Canada improve its overall capacity for crime and national security information, rather than investing disproportionate resources in tracking IMVE activities, in order to better address the IMVE issue. ..

“Canada’s National Security and Police Attitude, Focusing on Protecting Canadians from Cyber, Organized Crime, Money Laundering, and Foreign Malicious Actors, Better and More Systematically Readjusting is public safety [for] It takes more IMV resources and enablers than the current approach, “he said.

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