The ACSRT Organized a Workshop on disengagement and rehabilitation of violent extremist offenders

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From 27-28 February 2013, The United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) and the African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT), jointly organized a Regional Technical Workshop on Disengagement and Rehabilitation of Violent Extremist Offenders for North Africa and the Sahel countries in the Field (Pays du Champ) at the headquarters of the ACSRT in Algiers.

This workshop is an effort by the United Nations and the African Union to strengthen the counter terrorism capacity of North Africa and the Sahel Countries in the Field ( Pays du Champ) by providing them with expertise, practical knowledge and experience on key issues and challenges related to the protection of inmates from radicalization and the disengagement and rehabilitation of violent extremists in prison settings, based on the Good Practices on Disengagement and Rehabilitation of Violent Extremists Offenders adopted by the GCTF in June 2012.

Participants to the workshop were policy makers and practitioners in the criminal justice and correctional services’ sectors drawn from the eight (8) North Africa and the Sahel Countries in the Field (Pays du Champ), namely Algeria, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Niger, Mauritania, Libya and Nigeria . They were assisted by experts and scholars with solid knowledge of the subject.
The workshop covered a broad range of issues, including:

  • The type of correctional environmental that is needed to enable a rehabilitation/reintegration programme to succeed;
  • How to most effectively integrate the appropriate specialists, such as psychologists and clerics, into a rehabilitation/reintegration programme;
  • Guidance on establishing an aftercare programme that will ensure the smoothest reintegration back into society;
  • What type of educational programmes and vocational/skills training should be incorporated into a rehabilitation/reintegration programme;
    What steps a Member State can take to reduce the threat of radicalization in its prisons;
    The role of families and communities in reintegrating inmates;
    What types of facilities are needed for a rehabilitation programme;

    How intelligence/law enforcement collection needs can be satisfied in a way that does not disrupt the rehabilitation process.
    during the two-day Workshop Participants welcomed the opportunity to discuss pressing counter-terrorism related issues . They appreciated the usefulness and uniqueness of the Workshop in bringing together a broad range of practitioners and policy maker from Northern Africa and the Sahel region to discuss a comprehensive and coordinated approach to dealing with the problems related to disengagement and rehabilitation of violent extremist offenders.