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New hotline will help jihadists' relatives

Published torsdag 13 augusti 2015 kl 11.00
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Sweden's government will set up a support hotline where relatives of jihadists can get help and advice. Radio Sweden speaks to Rashid Musa from a Swedish Muslim youth organisation about his take on the initiative. 

National coordinator against violent extremism Mona Sahlin is behind this initiative. She tells daily Dagens Nyheter that the need for a support hotline is big and that her office has already received several calls asking for help during the summer.

The hotline, which will be run by a charity, is expected to start working in the next weeks or months, Sahlin says. A similar service already exists in Austria, where it is also run by an NGO.

Chairman of the Swedish Muslim Youth Association, Rashid Musa, claims the initiative won't work as it's intended to, since parents are weary to give up their children to authorities. 

"This has been tried in various countries in the world. The results have not been as expected. As the same time as this hotline is being introduced we're having a discussion whether we should criminalize those who travel to Syria and Iraq to fight for IS, and parents might be worried to report their children to the authorities because they don't know what might happen". 

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