Kidnapping for ransom (KFR) is being used as a tool by terrorists in certain regions of the world to finance their activities, presenting a threat to peace, security and stability in those regions, with repercussions that are felt in the wider international community. Recognizing the need to address this security issue of international concern, the GCTF committed to building international capacities to comprehensively address the use of this tactic, and developed the Algiers Memorandum on Good Practices on Preventing and Denying the Benefits of KFR to Terrorists in 2012. This was supplemented by the Addendum to the Algiers Memorandum in 2015, which provides a further set of recommendations particularly relating to KFR prevention and deterrence measures.
The Algiers Memorandum Good Practices, which the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has taken note of and the Group of Eight (G8) has endorsed, is intended to help prevent the further proliferation of KFR, prevent hostage-taking, keep hostages safe, deny terrorists the benefits (financial and other) of this crime, and bring those responsible to justice within a rule of law framework. The Algiers Memorandum should be read together with the GCTF’s Rabat Memorandum on Good Practices for Effective Counterterrorism Practice in the Criminal Justice Sector and the GCTF’s Madrid Memorandum on Good Practices for Assistance to Victims of Terrorism Immediately after the Attack and in Criminal Proceedings.
Implementing the Algiers Memorandum on Good Practices on Preventing and Denying the Benefits of Kidnapping for Ransom (KFR) to Terrorists - Training Manual