On 25-27 September 2019, the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ) convened a workshop on National Policy and Interagency Cooperation in Bamako, Mali. The workshop brought together judges, prosecutors, investigators, correction officers, gendarmerie, social workers and religious leaders from various organisations in Mali.
The workshop was part of a Dutch-funded project on ‘Rehabilitating and Reintegration Terrorist Offenders’ in Mali and Chad held under the auspices of the IIJ RFTFs Initiative. In both countries, the IIJ is convening in parallel three capacity building workshops with a focus on developing recommendations for amending the respective national CVE policies to include the rehabilitation and reintegration (R&R) of terrorist fighters. A final joint Mali-Chad workshop will be held in Malta in February 2020, at which representatives from both countries will present their recommendations. The project is supporting implementation of the key R&R 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 (hereafter The Hague-Marrakech Addendum).
During the September workshop, members of the Malian drafting committee engaged in in-depth discussions and group exercises to establish a timeline and strategy for transcribing the core recommendations in The Hague-Marrakech Addendum into Mali’s National CVE Policy.
For more information on this workshop or the IIJ RFTFs Initiative, please contact IIJ Programme Manager Monique Kamies.