Awareness Raising & Operationalizing the GCTF "Racially or Ethnically Motivated Violent Extremism"* Toolkit Initiative
Building on existing GCTF outputs and the April 2021 GCTF REMVE-focused exploratory dialogues held in coordination with the GCTF CVE Working Group, the United States and Norway developed a GCTF “REMVE” Toolkit, which includes technical, concrete recommendations on how states can approach REMVE and REMVE-related challenges.
The Leads will continue the Initiative to support the practical use and promotion of the Toolkit through hosting a series of virtual workshops to enhance an understanding of the challenges posed to states when addressing REMVE, support information sharing among partners to counter the spread of violent extremist messaging, hinder recruitment efforts, and help prevent acts of violence.
The Asser Institute and Valens Global will serve as the Initiative’s implementing partners.
*NOTE ON TERMINOLOGY: GCTF Members and experts use a number of different expressions to describe REMVE and interrelated threats. These include “racially or ethnically motivated terrorism,” “ideologically motivated violent extremism,” “right-wing terrorism,” “far-right terrorism,” “extreme-right terrorism,” “violent right-wing extremism,” and “white supremacist terrorism,” “terrorism on the basis of xenophobia,” and “terrorism in the name of religion or belief,” among others. At the international level, “violent incidents often underpinned by racial, ethnic, political, and ideological motivations” have been expressly outlined as aspects of “terrorist attacks on the basis of xenophobia, racism and other forms of intolerance, or in the name of religion or belief” (XRIRB). Despite differences in terminology, each of these expressions describes attacks perpetrated by individuals or groups in the name of defending against perceived threats to their racial or ethnic identity or ensuring the superiority/supremacy thereof.