Indonesia hosts counter-terrorism seminars and workshops in partnership with UNODC
Jakarta/Bali (Indonesia), 3 December 2010 - Indonesia recently hosted three major counter-terrorism events, two of them in partnership with UNODC and a third jointly with the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force Office, testifying to the efforts and progress being made by Indonesian authorities on counter- terrorism.
From 18 to 20 October, an international seminar in counter-terrorism was held in Bali by the newly established National Counter-Terrorism Agency (NCTA) of Indonesia. The seminar was supported by the Department of International Security and Disarmament in the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The seminar served as a forum for exchange of counter-terrorism experiences among key Indonesian stakeholders and representatives from the global counter-terrorism community. It was attended by 150 officials from the Indonesian Government, as well as representatives from academia, the media, civil society, invited speakers from aboard and UNODC.
The following week, Indonesia in cooperation with UNODC, held a national workshop on "Promoting Indonesia's Ratification of the Counter-Terrorism Conventions". The objective of the workshop was to identify steps needed for the ratification and implementation of additional conventions on counter-terrorism. Participants from various Indonesian Government entities addressed this topic, drawing on expertise from Australia's Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department. The latter shared Australia's experience in implementing the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes against Internationally Protected Persons, including Diplomatic Agents.
Participants exchanged views on legal issues concerning hostage taking, attack against diplomatic agents, and unlawful activities related to radioactive material. This workshop formulated recommendations on the ratification and legislative implementation of counter-terrorism conventions, thereby paving the road for enhancing Indonesia's efforts on counter-terrorism with additional international law mechanisms.
Lastly, from 3 to 5 November, the Indonesian Government and the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force hosted a workshop on the regional implementation of the United Nations global counter-terrorism strategy in South-East Asia.
In his opening remarks, Vice-Foreign Minister Triyono Wibowo stressed Indonesia's commitment to strengthening its counter-terrorism programme through bolstering legal and law enforcement structures, increasing intelligence sharing with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries and enhancing capacity-building efforts with partnering countries.
Workshop participants engaged in focused discussion of the national and regional perspectives concerning the effective implementation of the United Nations global counter-terrorism strategy and formulated action-oriented conclusions.