counter-terrorism

Cameroon’s ‘place of terror’ now a ‘land of hope’

A dusty, dry and conflict-affected area in the Far North region of Cameroon has been turned into a “land of hope” according to a mentor for people displaced by the activities of terrorists in the West African country.

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New technologies, artificial intelligence aid fight against global terrorism

Although terrorists have become skilled at manipulating the Internet and other new technologies, artificial intelligence or AI, is a powerful tool in the fight against them, a top UN counter-terrorism official said this week at a high-level conference on strengthening international cooperation against the scourge.

With ISIL down but not out, continued vigilance is key, UN Security Council told

Despite ISIL’s territorial defeat in Syria, the terrorist group, also known as Da’esh “continues to aspire to global relevance”, the United Nations top counter-terrorism officials told the Security Council on Tuesday.

News in Brief 10 July 2019

  • UN chief briefs top counter-terrorism conference in Kenya
  • Rohingya refugees 'must' get Myanmar citizenship rights
  • Ukraine update in Human Rights Council
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Terrorism ‘spreading and destabilizing’ entire regions, Guterres warns States, at key Kenya conference

“Trauma from terrorism” hurts families, communities and destabilizes entire regions, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday, as he expressed solidarity with victims of extremist attacks in Africa.

Threat from petty criminals who turn to terrorism, a growing concern, Security Council hears

The less predictable threats represented by small-time criminals who have opportunistically embraced terrorism, are a source of growing concern, the UN Security Council heard on Tuesday. That warning came from Tamara Makarenko, an International Consultant, who works with the UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), speaking at an open debate on threats to international peace and security.

Statelessness for terrorists’ families, never an acceptable option, urges UN rights chief

Thousands of suspected foreign ISIL terrorist fighters and their families who are being held in detention in Syria and Iraq, must be treated fairly by their captors and taken back by their home countries, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Monday.

Repatriation of extremist fighters and families to Kazakhstan, welcomed by UN rights expert

Stressing the need for some Governments to reform their laws and policies on fighting terrorism and extremism, an independent UN human rights expert welcomed on Friday Kazakhstan’s repatriation of 231 of its citizens from conflict sites in Syria and Iraq, earlier this month.

UN boosts countries’ ability to track terrorist movements

An new initiative to track terrorists has been launched at UN headquarters. The programme from the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) provides countries with the tech to improve surveillance. Conor Lennon from UN News asked Jelle Postma from UNOCT why the UN had launched the initiative.

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Friday’s Daily Brief: UN chief in China, counter-terrorism, updates from Bangladesh, Mali and Mozambique

This Friday, we cover: the UN Secretary-General's message in China for sustainable development; the toll of a second cyclone in Mozambique; what UN officials saw first-hand in the Rohingya refugee camp of Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh; the impact of insecurity on education in Mali; and the importance of information-sharing in the fight against terrorism.