The workshop was jointly hosted by the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate and the government of Sri Lanka and organized by the Global Center, with the support of the governments of Australia and the United States. The workshop focused on issues around the collection and use of electronic evidence in terrorism cases. It was a follow-up to eleven previous workshops hosted on a biannual basis in different South Asian countries at which participants indicated the need to examine in further detail areas of mutual interest relating to counterterrorism. The overall purpose of the workshop was to enhance the counterterrorism capacities, and improve cooperation, among criminal justice practitioners in the region. Participants included judges, prosecutors, and police officers from the member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) as well as resource persons from other UN member states, the SAARC Secretariat, Interpol, and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime Terrorism Prevention Branch. Participants were divided among three separate working group sessions for judges, prosecutors, and police officers to examine issues around the collection and use of electronic evidence in the investigation, prosecution, and adjudication of terrorism cases.


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