UNbacked meeting stresses capacitybuilding to fight terrorism in SE Asia

5 November 2010Information exchange and building capacity in South-East Asia were central elements in a United Nations-backed workshop on counter-terrorism which concluded today in Bali, Indonesia. The regional workshop – organized by the UN Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (UNCTITF) in collaboration with the Government of Indonesia – was part of UN efforts to raise awareness and build in-depth knowledge and understanding of the Strategy amongst countries and relevant regional and sub-regional organizations. It also aims to make the UN counter-terrorism framework more relevant for the practical needs on the national, sub-regional and regional level.“The adoption of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in 2006 by the General Assembly through consensus was a landmark achievement and a signature from all Member States that terrorism must be tackled in a coordinated, comprehensive, preventive and holistic manner,” said the Chairman of the UNCTITF, Jean-Paul Laborde.He added that while counter-terrorism efforts must necessarily continue to focus on security and law enforcement, the value of educational curricula, promotion of tolerance and protection of human rights must also be upheld.Indonesia’s Vice Foreign Minister, Mr. Triyono Wibowo, delivered the keynote speech at the opening session of the two-day event on Thursday, noting in his remarks that the Strategy represents the first time that all UN Member States have agreed to a common approach “to fight terrorism, not only by sending a clear message that terrorism is unacceptable but also resolving to take practical steps, individually and collectively, to prevent it.”About 70 senior officials, national counter-terrorism focal points, counter-terrorism practitioners, and development experts took part in the workshop, which focussed on key areas in developing a broader approach to counter-terrorism, including developing educational curricula to promote tolerance, counter violent extremism and build capacity for non-violent conflict resolution; community policing; the development of national criminal justice systems in the region and the protection of human rights as a fundamental basis for countering terrorism.Participants also discussed the continuing threat of terrorism despite considerable success in dismantling terror networks through cooperation, and stressed the need for the international community to strengthen, sustain and support capacity-building efforts for counter-terrorism programmes in the region. Recommendations included involving more governmental departments, including development and finance ministries, as well as civil society organizations and groups representing victims of terrorism. read more

Campaigners chant no justice no peace in protest at death of Rashan

first_img“I understand his death has had an impact on some members of the local community.”He also said he had earlier met with community representatives and wanted to continue to hear about community concerns.The IPCC posted a statement on Twitter about its investigation: We know people have concerns, but our independent investigation will be thorough, rigorous & when appropriate its findings will be published— IPCC (@IPCCNews) July 24, 2017 In a statement, Chief Superintendent Simon Laurence, the Borough commander for Hackney, said: “All police officers understand that they will be asked to account for their actions and they would not want it any other way. Protest hold Black Lives Matter signs outside Stoke Newington Police StationCredit:Lauren Hurley/PA A bin set alight following the Hackey Stand Up To Racism-organised march in response to the death of Rashan Charles Unverified footage on social media appeared to show at least one police officer attempting to restrain Mr Charles on the floor of a shop, in Kingsland Road, east London, on Saturday at 1.45am.The 20-year-old died later in hospital.The vigil was organised by Stand Up To Racism and campaigners say they are “enormously concerned and angered” over his death.  protesting outside Stoke Newington Police Station,  Members from Hackey Stand Up To Racism protest outside Stoke Newington Police Station, The crowd walked back to the station, but a few people that stayed behind threw bottles and sticks at police at around 8.15pm. Members of the Hackey Stand Up To Racism protest outside Stoke Newington police stationCredit:Lauren Hurley/PA For those following #justiceforrash #justiceforrashman – We are making good progress, building a full picture of what happened and why— IPCC (@IPCCNews) July 24, 2017 A bin set alight following the Hackey Stand Up To Racism-organised march in response to the death of Rashan CharlesCredit:Lauren Hurley/PA Rashan Charles, 20 Rashan Charles, 20, died in hospital after being restrained by policeCredit:Pixel8000 Protesters chant during the march on Monday eveningCredit:Lauren Hurley/PA She said: “I am here as a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and it is as all those things that when I saw that video, I cried for that boy.”My condolences are with the family. We are out here in numbers because it is the only way we can show that we care. It is a sign of community spirit. This needs to be peaceful.” The crowd, which was made up of people from different races and ages, listened to speeches about alleged police brutality as uniformed officers looked on.The Metropolitan Police said Mr Charles was seen “trying to swallow an object” and that an officer “sought to prevent the man from harming himself”.The police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), is investigating. Protesters chant during the march on Monday evening Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Campaigners chanted “no justice, no peace” outside a police station in protest over the death of a man after a police chase.Up to 150 people, many holding Black Lives Matter banners, brought traffic to a standstill outside east London’s Stoke Newington Police Station in a vigil for Rashan Charles. The crowd marched peacefully from the police station, behind a line of uniformed officers, to the shop where the incident happened.Dalston resident Joyce Folks, 67, joined the walk to the shop as it passed by.last_img read more