In the Sahel, weak law enforcement capacities, vast ungoverned territories, and underdeveloped criminal justice systems have contributed to the proliferation of nonstate armed groups. This report builds on a set of recommendations unanimously adopted by the chief justices of the Sahel and features contributions from supreme court justices from the region. The four priority issues covered in the report affirm the primacy of the criminal justice framework and reflect the demonstrated commitment of the judiciaries of the Sahel countries in promoting human rights while countering terrorism.
The Global Center has been following the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy Review processes closely since its adoption, providing independent analysis and recommendations to improve UN efforts in the field of countering terrorism and preventing violent extremism (PVE) through its Blue Sky process. During the Sixth Review on 29 June, Eelco Kessels, Executive Director of the Global Center, delivered remarks at the United Nations High-Level Conference of Heads of Counter-Terrorism Agencies of Member States, highlighting positive steps forward on some fronts of the Strategy, but also criticizing the failure of the United Nations to put human rights, fundamental freedoms, and the rule of law at the core of counterterrorism and PVE approaches. Furthermore, the restricted civil society participation and access to the High-Level Conference, and the United Nations lack of consistent and meaningful engagement with civil society actors in counterterrorism and PVE efforts, diminishes the whole-of-society approach the Strategy covets. The Global Center called upon the United Nations and its Member States to rise to the challenge and lead by example by protecting, advocating for, and engaging with civil society and human rights in a regular, systematic, and meaningful manner.