GCTF-IIJ Initiative to Address Homegrown Terrorism Launch Event

Starting Date2017-11-15 Ending Date2017-11-16 Valletta ,Malta

On 15-16 November, the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ) was proud to host the launch of the Global Counterterrorism Forum’s (GCTF) Initiative to Address Homegrown Terrorism, co-led by Morocco and the United States in coordination with the IIJ. Seventy representatives from 25 countries and 13 organizations convened in Malta for the launch of this new initiative, aimed at developing new good practices on the practical steps governments can take to effectively tackle, in a coordinated manner, the challenges associated with homegrown terrorism. The good practices will serve as a companion document to the GCTF’s The Hague-Marrakech Memorandum on Good Practices for a More Effective Response to the FTF Phenomenon with a focus on Returning FTFs. During the two-day launch event in Malta, participants explored the factors that are driving individuals to plan such attacks, how these individuals can be better identified, any differences in the radicalization process from that of FTFs, the types of interventions that might dissuade or prevent individuals from committing acts of violence, and how stakeholders can coordinate and collaborate more effectively to prevent, detect, intervene and respond. In the coming months, the IIJ will convene two practitioner-oriented workshops to build on the themes identified during the launch event and develop the good practices ahead of their consideration and adoption by GCTF members at the GCTF Ministerial Plenary Meeting in New York in September 2018.

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