The Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) is an international forum of 29 countries and the European Union with an overarching mission of reducing the vulnerability of people worldwide to terrorism by preventing, combating, and prosecuting terrorist acts and countering incitement and recruitment to terrorism.

Our forum brings together experts and practitioners from countries and regions around the world to share experiences and expertise, and develop tools and strategies on how to counter the evolving terrorist threat. The GCTF is Co-Chaired by Morocco and the Netherlands.

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Workshop on Identifying and Countering Terrorist Recruiters and Facilitators

Workshop on Identifying and Countering Terrorist Recruiters and Facilitators

Monday 25 April 2016

WASHINGTON D.C. - United States - The Criminal Justice and Rule of Law (CJ-ROL) Working Group convened an expert meeting in Washington on 25-26 April to discuss ways to identify and counter terrorist recruiters and facilitators. The workshop provided the opportunity to discuss counter recruiter and facilitator techniques that comply with the rule of law and human rights.

Key themes of the discussion included:

  • The challenges posed by the disparity in legal systems and requirements between countries should be addressed through further cooperation and improved information exchange channels.
  • Prisons should not solely be seen as incubators of radicalization, as prisons can also serve as platforms for disengagement.
  • Freely available encryption tools pose new challenges for government agencies to disrupt online recruitment.

Based on the outcomes of the expert meeting, the CJ-ROL Working Group Co-Chairs Egypt and the United States drafted a Plan of Action to counter recruiters and facilitators. This Plan of Action will be presented and adopted at the Tenth GCTF Coordinating Committee Meeting and the Seventh Ministerial Plenary Meeting in New York in September 2016. 

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