Radicalisation is on the rise. This has had the troubling negative impact of lowering inhibition thresholds for the abuse of religion and the use of physical violence. In the worst cases this is being manifested into the hatred of others and even real-life violence.
These factors have served to influence the basic human right of religious freedom, which is coming under increasing international pressure.
There is a pressing need for action – the challenges and expectations of a multi-religious society requires governance and policy that is able to fully and adequately respond to its needs with comprehensive programmes. It must be able to combine religious policy and security policy; as well as promoting the exchange and cooperation between religions and society. IFFSE address various challenges that impact the safety and security of communities across Europe. In collaboration with governments, civil society and private sector it will strengthen social cohesion, security and tolerance in Europe and promote moderate religious practices, integration and positive citizenship to counterattack the abuse of religion, extremism, and terrorism both on and off-line.