Over recent years, there has been a significant increase of violent incidents often underpinned by racial, ethnic, political and ideological motivations. Terrorist attacks on the basis of xenophobia, racism and other forms of intolerance, or in the name of religion or belief (XRIRB) are becoming a major concern for many Member States, and it is increasingly being discussed at UN policy-making bodies.
UNODC has recently launched a project to tackle XRIRB. Our activities include the development of a manual for criminal justice practitioners to map out the legal national frameworks of several Member States affected by this trend and facilitate international legal cooperation in related cases.
We aim to both raise awareness about XRIRB among Member States and increase the capacity of criminal justice officers to address it. We also intend to develop a forum of practitioners leading to the sharing of experiences and the enhancing of further inter-agency and intra-state collaboration.
Our work on XRIRB is supported by Germany.