UNODC Terrorism Prevention Branch Launched a Project under Japanese Funding to Assist Iraq in Countering Terrorism
A workshop on the implementation of international law against terrorism and countering terrorist financing was held in Amman, Jordan, from 26 to 28 May 2014, as a part of a Plan of Action established between the Government of Iraq and the Terrorism Prevention Branch (TPB) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) for which several specialized technical assistance activities are foreseen.
The project is financed by the Government of Japan under its supplementary budget under the framework of the TPB's Global Project on Strengthening the Legal Regime against Terrorism, and its segment for Iraq for 2014-2015. The project is aimed at supporting Iraq's efforts towards the development and implementation of a comprehensive counter-terrorism strategy in countering terrorism and to promote an effective and rule-of-law-based comprehensive criminal justice response to terrorism.
The workshop counted with the participation of senior criminal justice officials from the Iraqi Ministries of Justice, the Interior, Defence, Finance, Intelligence, National Security, and Council of Ministers. Discussions and exchanges were enriched by the active participation and specialized contributions of experts from the Monitoring Team of the UN Security Council Resolution 1267/1989 Sanctions Committee, the Special Investigative Commission of Lebanon, the US Department of Treasury, the Ministry of Economy and Finance and Customs of Tunisia and the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Terrorist Financing Unit of Jordan, in addition to UNODC experts.
Responding to the specific request by the Government of Iraq and in accordance with a Plan of Action, UNODC is organizing a second specialized workshop for Iraq, in August 2014, on the investigation, prosecution and adjudication of terrorist related offences based on the UNODC Digest of Terrorist Cases.