This workshop for judges, prosecutors, and police officers in South Asia was hosted in Singapore by the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate, and organized by the Global Center on Cooperative Security in association with the Institute of South Asian Studies of the National University of Singapore, with the support of the Governments of Denmark and the United States of America. The overall purpose of the workshop was to enhance the counterterrorism capacities of law enforcement personnel in the region with a particular emphasis on professional education and training. Participants examined methods used for educating and training professionals, both at the outset of their careers, and on a continuing basis throughout their professional lives. It provided a forum for participants to discuss and compare various methods used for training with a view to enhancing the capacity of existing structures and facilitating the investigation, prosecution and trial of terrorism cases while upholding rule of law.
The workshop was a follow-up to seven previous workshops (held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in November 2009; Colombo, Sri Lanka, in June 2010; Semarang, Indonesia, in November 2010; Thimphu, Bhutan, in May 2011; New Delhi, India, in March 2012, Kathmandu, Nepal in March 2013, and Islamabad, Pakistan, in October 2013 respectively), at which participants indicated the need to examine in further detail areas of mutual interest relating to counterterrorism.
Participants included experts from the member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, resource persons from UN member states and relevant international agencies, and observers from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the SAARC Secretariat.