UNGA 77 Side Event: Using the Full Range of Criminal Justice Tools to Counter Racially or Ethnically Motivated Violent Extremism (REMVE)

20 September 2022
New York

Side Event during the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly on

Using the Full Range of Criminal Justice Tools to
Counter Racially or Ethnically Motivated Violent Extremism (REMVE)

Event Details

The IIJ will host a side event on the margins of the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. The side event will highlight the full range of criminal justice tools that governments are using, including in coordination with civil society and community actors, to prevent and counter racially or ethnically motivated violent extremism (REMVE).

The primary objectives of the side event are:

1) to highlight the full range of criminal justice tools that governments are using, including in coordination with civil society and community actors, to prevent and counter REMVE threats

2) to examine how governments are cooperating transnationally in this area

3) to identify tools that can enhance understanding of REMVE and responses to it, and to

4) highlight the IIJ’s and GCTF’s ongoing activities.

At this side event, senior policy officials, practitioners, and civil society representatives will use concrete examples to discuss recent steps that governments have taken, including in close coordination with non-governmental actors, to prevent REMVE threats from emerging and to counter them when they do.

Please note that registration for this event is invite only. For more information, contact the IIJ at info@theiij.org.

IIJ and GCTF REMVE Initiatives

In 2020, the IIJ launched the REMVE Initiative with a series of Online Expert Meetings, supported by the governments of the United States and the United Kingdom. Drawing from insights that practitioners and experts from 20 countries and international institutions across North America, Europe, and beyond shared in these meetings, the IIJ developed the IIJ Criminal Justice Practitioner’s Guide for Addressing REMVE, which provides concrete good practices for how governments can address REMVE threats effectively and in compliance with the rule of law. The Guide may be accessed on the IIJ website here in Arabic, English, French, German, Russian and Spanish. The IIJ is now using the Practitioner’s Guide as the basis for transnational information exchanges on REMVE, including through a Criminal Justice Practitioners’ Roundtable on Addressing Vulnerabilities to REMVE / ERWT (Extreme Right-Wing Terrorism) Radicalisation to take place in London in October 2022, with the support of the governments of the United Kingdom and the United States, and a Roundtable on Radicalisation within Security Services’ Ranks to take place in Copenhagen in December.

In 2021, the GCTF launched a “REMVE” Toolkit Initiative, led by the United States and Norway. The Initiative is developing a toolkit that builds on existing GCTF Framework Documents, such as the Memorandum on Good Practices on Strengthening National-Local Cooperation in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism Conducive to Terrorism, the New York Memorandum on Good Practices
for Interdicting Terrorist Travel
, and the Antalya Memorandum on the Protection of Soft Targets in a Counterterrorism Context — as well as the Practitioner’s Guide published by the IIJ. Its objective is to provide practical guidance on developing strategies to counteract, disrupt, and deter REMVE-related threats, not only for criminal justice practitioners and subject matter experts, but also for policymakers, civil society, and other partners countering REMVE threats and challenges.

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