RFTFs Initiative

The Returning Foreign Terrorist Fighters (RFTFs) Initiative builds inter-agency approaches to leverage a variety of disciplinary backgrounds to respond to the rehabilitation and reintegration of terrorist fighters. The Initiative supports the development of coherent national policies jointly pursued by policy-makers and practitioners at the local and national levels.

Under this Initiative, with support from the Government of the Netherlands, the IIJ spearheaded an important multi-phased bespoke programme in partnership with the Governments of Chad and Mali. The project supported the implementation of the GCTF’s Addendum to The Hague-Marrakech Memorandum on Good Practices for a More Effective Response to the FTF Phenomenon, with a focus on Returning FTFs, among other relevant GCTF good practices, tailored to the respective contexts of our partners.

Other projects under this Initiative have supported actions in relevant UN Security Council Resolutions and implementation of the GCTF’s Good Practices on Addressing the Challenge of Returning Families of Foreign Terrorist Fighters.

With support from the

Government of Canada
Government of the Netherlands
Government of Switzerland
Government of the United Kingdom
Government of the United States
SPOTLIGHT
Rehabilitating and Reintegrating Terrorist Fighters: Chad and Mali

With generous support from the Government of the Netherlands, the IIJ designed and implemented an exciting multi-phased bespoke programme in partnership with the Governments of Chad and Mali. 

Through a series of tailored workshops, three each in Chad and Mali and a final joint workshop with practitioners from both countries, national practitioner representatives (judges, prosecutors, investigators, corrections officers, gendarmerie, social workers and religious leaders) have drafted recommendations for how to include rehabilitation and reintegration in their respective countries’ National CVE Policies and generated ideas for agency-specific Action Plans. Capacity-building with significant impact.

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In Action

IIJ RFTFs Initiative: Workshop on Criminal Justice Responses to Returning or Repatriated FTFs and their Accompanying Family Members

In February 2019, the IIJ convened a workshop in Malta under the auspices of the IIJ Returning Foreign Terrorist Fighters Initiative, and with support from the Government of the United States, focused on Criminal Justice Responses to Returning or Repatriated Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTFs) and their Accompanying Family Members. The workshop brought together more than fifty practitioners, including […]

IIJ RFTFs Initiative: Rehabilitating and Reintegrating TFs/RFTFs – Second Mali Workshop

In February 2019, the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ) convened the second in a series of four workshops in Bamako on the rehabilitation and reintegration of terrorist fighters. The workshop was held with financial support from the Government of the Netherlands, and brought together judges, prosecutors, investigators, correction officers, gendarmerie, […]

IIJ RFTFs Initiative: Rehabilitating and Reintegrating TFs/RFTFs – First Chad Workshop

In January 2019, the IIJ convened a workshop in N’Djamena on Applying The Hague-Marrakech Memorandum and Addendum to Coordinate an Effective Response to the TF-FTF-RFTF Phenomena in Chad. The workshop brought together judges, prosecutors, investigators, correction officers, social workers, psychologists and religious leaders from various organisations in Chad, along with national and international subject-matter experts, to […]

Practitioner Tools & Resources

Addendum to The Hague – Marrakech Memorandum on Good Practices for a More Effective Response to the FTF Phenomenon

IIJ – Hedayah Principles for Reintegrating Returning Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTFs)

UN Security Council Resolution 2178

UN Security Council Resolution 2396