IIJ Returning FTFs Initiative: Rehabilitating and Reintegrating Terrorist Fighters – Final Capacity-Building Workshop with Chad and Mali

Starting Date2020-02-04 Ending Date2020-02-06 Malta

On 4-6 February 2020, the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ) convened the final in a series of seven capacity-building workshops on Rehabilitating and Reintegrating Terrorist Fighters in Chad and Mali.

The workshop was a key milestone under a project generously funded by the Government of the Netherlands and convened under the auspices of the IIJ Returning Foreign Terrorist Fighters Initiative, one of the IIJ Core Initiatives. It followed six capacity-building workshops (three each in Chad and Mali), with a focus on developing recommendations and action plans for amending their respective national CVE policies to include the rehabilitation and reintegration of terrorist fighters.

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This final joint Chad-Mali workshop provided an opportunity for the practitioners from both countries to present their respective recommendations and action plans. The workshop brought together judges, prosecutors, investigators, correction officers, gendarmerie, social workers and religious leaders from various organisations in Chad and Mali, consultants from the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, and representatives from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF), Hedayah, UNCTED and UNICRI.

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Following this final workshop, the practitioners leading this effort for Chad and Mali will be working on implementation of the recommendations and action plans. Evaluation visits to N’Djamena, Chad, and Bamako, Mali, to assess implementation and realisation of the goals of this project are scheduled for September 2020.

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This project is supporting implementation of key recommendations articulated in the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) Addendum to The Hague – Marrakech Memorandum on Good Practices for a More Effective Response to the FTF Phenomenon, with a focus on Returning FTFs.

For more information on this workshop or the IIJ RFTFs Initiative, please contact IIJ Programme Manager Monique Kamies.