Second Detention and Reintegration Working Group Plenary Meeting
SYDNEY - Australia - On 2-3 November 2015, Australia hosted the GCTF’s Detention and Reintegration (DR) Working Group second plenary meeting in Sydney. Under the co-chairmanship of Australia and Indonesia, participants discussed the DR Working Group’s strategic priorities, considered ongoing and planned initiatives, and reviewed activities since the inaugural plenary meeting in Bali, Indonesia (August 2014). The meeting served as a forum to share challenges, concerns, experiences, expertise, and best practices in building capacity on managing and reintegrating terrorist inmates.
Discussions were broad ranging, covering issues such as prison security and risk management, countering radicalization in prisons, capacity building to manage terrorist inmates, and reintegrating rehabilitated terrorist detainees.
Examples of key cross-cutting themes from the meeting included:
- Efforts to counter violent extremism (CVE), including through counter-narratives, could be increased inside correction facilities and extended to pre-detention areas.
- The DRWG should continue to address core issues, including implementing good practices on securing, managing, rehabilitating and reintegrating terrorist offenders.
In addition, the Working Group conducted a desktop exercise that aimed to examine the characteristics of different types of terrorist inmates, including “Foreign Terrorist Fighters” (FTFs), and identify ways to tailor security and detainee management approaches to suit.