East Africa Regional Workshop for the Judiciary on the GCTF’s Good Practices for the Adjudication of Terrorism Offences
The Global Center held a three-day workshop for judiciary officials to advance the implementation of the Global Counterterrorism Forum’s (GCTF) The Hague Memorandum. The workshop was conducted in partnership with the Intergovernmental Authority on Development Security Sector Program and the Kenya Judiciary Training Institute, under auspices of the GCTF. The principal objectives of the convening were to provide a regionally-focused discussion on issues across the breadth of The Hague Memorandum for the judiciary and compile a regionally-specific elaboration of the good practices and lessons learned for future reference and use by local, regional, and global stakeholders. The workshop assessed the challenges associated with handling terrorism cases in the East African region, reflected on the good practices within the unique judicial environment of the participating countries, and considered a broad range of legal tools, training opportunities, and strategies to achieve their implementation. Read More
With a view to advancing the Action Agenda laid out by international actors at White House CVE Summit in February 2015, the Global Center organized a three-day workshop in Istanbul, Turkey to support inter- and intra- regional civil society cooperation to prevent and counter violent extremism. Participants were invited to share their expertise and experienced in developing more contextually tailored understanding of local, national and regional drivers of violent extremism; map ongoing CVE or CVE-related activities and identify priority needs; and identify concrete ideas for action in the region. Read More
A decade ago, there was a growing recognition among experts and governments that the process of radicalization to violent extremism needed to be better understood, and that preventive measures should be part of a comprehensive approach to addressing terrorism, which was reflected in the four pillars of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and also subsequent resolutions of the Security Council. The 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Strategy and its Fifth Biennial Review, scheduled to be conducted in June 2016, will provide an important opportunity for strategic reflection about the UN’s counterterrorism programs and the way forward. Read More
Strengthening Rule of Law Responses to Counter Violent Extremism: What Role for Civil Society in South Asia?
This policy brief reflects on the contributions made by civil society actors and explores opportunities for civil society to support cooperative regional efforts to respond to terrorism and violent extremism in the region. Following an overview of the limitations and challenges faced by civil society actors in the region, it offers a set of recommendations for policymakers and practitioners with a view to informing the design and implementation of programming to prevent violent extremism and terrorism in South Asia. Read More