UNSC fails to adopt text on prosecution and rehabilitation of terrorists

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31 August 2020

With 14 votes in favor and 1 against, UNSC fails to advance measures to prosecute, rehabilitate and reintegrate terrorists

On 31 August, United Nations Security Council (UNSC) announced that a draft resolution focused on the prosecution, rehabilitation and reintegration of foreign terrorist fighters was vetoed by the United States of America.

The draft resolution re-emphasized the need of developing tailored prosecution, rehabilitation and reintegration measures for terrorist women. The Council acknowledged terrorist women serve in many different roles such as supporters, facilitators and perpetrators of terrorist acts, and therefore may require a special focus. In addition, the draft recognized the need for more measures to include long-term methods of prevention to counter violent extremism and incitement to commit terrorist acts.

With the draft resolution, UNSC would have recognized the significant challenge of radicalization of terrorism and terrorist recruitment in prisons. Similarly, it would have developed prevention methods to avoid prisons from serving as incubators and recruitment centers, rather than rehabilitation and reintegration centers.

Lastly, the draft resolution directed the Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) with the support of the Counter-Terrorism Committee and in collaboration with other UN bodies, to collect information on State Members and their implementation of measures to prevent  terrorism.


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Author: Carolina Tellez; Editor: Sara Gorelli

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