The Permanent Mission of Norway to the United Nations together with the Permanent Missions of Belgium, Burkina Faso, and Indonesia, the Global Center, and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), organized and hosted a high-level dialogue on preventing the radicalization to violent extremism in prisons. The high-level event, the first of its kind on this topic, served to showcase a number of good practices and national experiences in the management and rehabilitation of detainees, in line with the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (Nelson Mandela Rules) and other international standards.

The distinguished panel was moderated by Executive Director Eelco Kessels and included Norwegian Minister of Justice and Public Security Jøran Kallmyr, Deputy Permanent Representative of Belgium Karen Van Vlierberghe, Deputy Permanent Representative of Indonesia Muhsin Syihab, Septy Juwita Agustin Bory of the Indonesian Directorate General of Corrections, military advisor Remen Gervais of Burkina Faso, which co-chairs the Group of Friends on Preventing Violent Extremism, UNODC Director of operations Miwa Kato, and UN Justice and Corrections Policy Officer Michael Langelaar.

Since 2015, the Global Center has implemented national level programs in Indonesia, Kenya, Morocco, and Trinidad & Tobago as part of its Countering Violent Extremism in Prisons Program established in partnership with the Global Counterterrorism Forum.


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