The Permanent Mission of Norway to the United Nations hosted and organized a high-level dialogue on preventing the radicalization to violent extremism in prisons, together with co-organizers the Permanent Missions of Belgium, Burkina Faso, and Indonesia, the Global Center, and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). 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: Jøran Kallmyr, Norwegian Minister of Justice and Public Security; Karen Van Vlierberghe, Deputy Permanent Representative of Belgium; Muhsin Syihab, Deputy Permanent Representative of Indonesia; Septy Juwita Agustin Bory, Indonesian Directorate General of Corrections; Remen Gervais, Military Advisor for Burkina Faso; Miwa Kato, UNODC Director of Operations; and Michael Langelaar, UN Justice and Corrections Policy Officer.
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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