International Efforts on Countering Radicalisation

The links below refer to international programs aimed at deradicalisation and countering the influence of the extremist narrative, including in the area of terrorist rehabilitation.

  • Religious Rehabilitation Group (Singapore)
    The RRG is a voluntary group formed by Islamic scholars and teachers from the community in Singapore, primarily focussed on providing counselling services for detained Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) members, with the objective of countering the ideological misunderstanding of the JI members through counselling
  • Counter Ideology
    Counter Ideology is a blog by Muhammad Haniff Hassan, an Associate Research Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore and an expert in countering violent ideology.
  • Southeast Asia Regional Centre for Counter-Terrorism (SEARCCT). SEARCCT serves as a regional counter-terrorism centre focusing primarily on training, capacity-building, research and public awareness programs. In collaboration with other Governments and international organisations, the Centre also promotes Malaysia's perspectives on the most effective means of countering threat posed by terrorism.
  • Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV). CSTPV was established in 1994 and aims to investigate the roots of political violence, to develop a body of theory spanning its various disparate elements, and to study the impact of violence, and responses to it, at societal, governmental and international levels.
  • In February 2005 Saudi Arabia hosted a major international conference on counter-terrorism, in which King Abdullah b. Abd al-Aziz (then Crown Prince) called on the international community to set up an international centre to combat terrorism under the umbrella of the UN. Attendees included 51 countries and 9 international organisations. The conference issued a communiqué, known as the Riyadh Declaration, affirming that there is no justification for terrorist acts and that they cannot be linked to any religion. It called for nations to cooperate in combating any ideology that calls for hatred or violence. A list of the recommendations emerging from the conference is found here .
  • In 2006 UN Member States adopted a Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, in the form of a resolution (A/RES/60/288) and an annexed Plan of Action. The Plan of Action is built on four pillars: 1) Measures addressing conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism; 2) Measures to prevent and combat terrorism; 3) Measures to build states’ capacity to counter terrorism and strengthen the UN’s role; and 4) Measures to ensure respect for human rights and the rule of law.
  • The UN Centre for Counter-Terrorism (UNCCT) was established in 2011 pursuant to the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and General Assembly resolution A/RES/66/10, within the Office of the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF), itself established in 2005. The UNCCT aims to support United Nations efforts to implement the Counter-Terrorism Strategy at the national and regional levels, promote regional cooperation against terrorism and build Member States’ counter-terrorism capacities.
  • In February 2013 Saudi Arabia hosted a second international conference in cooperation with the UN Center for Counterterrorism (UNCCT) and the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF). During the discussions, particular emphasis was put on the role of the UN system in building states’ capacity to prevent and combat terrorism. Some 50 countries participated over two days, in which four sessions were held to identify essential strategies to combat terrorism and measures needed to prevent it.
  • The Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) is an informal, multilateral counterterrorism platform established at the foreign ministerial level that focuses on identifying critical civilian CT needs, mobilizing the necessary expertise and resources to address such needs and enhance global cooperation.  Its most recent meeting was held in September 2013 in New York, co-chaired by the United States and Turkey. The Forum has released a number of useful documents and position statements, available from their website in English, French and Arabic.
  • Hedayah , based in the United Arab Emirates, was established in September 2011 to serve as the premier international institution for training, dialogue, collaboration, and research to counter violent extremism.
  • In 2013 the NICF heard from Abdul Haqq Baker, former chairman of the Brixton Mosque in South London and founder of the STREET (Strategy to Reach, Empower, and Educate Teenagers) program.  The STREET program was founded in 2006 to provide a venue for young men to socialise and seek advice in a safe environment. STREET provides mentoring combined with Islamic expertise and innovative counter-radicalisation techniques to help steer young people away from violent extremism.  Up to 2010, more than 4,500 young men had participated in the program, which claims to have a zero percent recidivism rate.  An analysis of the reasons for the program’s effectiveness can be found here.

Please note the list above contains external links and the NCEIS takes no responsibility for their contents. They do not necessarily represent the views of the NCEIS, its staff, or the NICF.