Addressing foreign terrorist fighters in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs) continue to pose a threat to the peace and security of many Member States. The Terrorism Prevention Branch (TPB) of the UNODC aims to enhance the criminal justice systems of requesting Member States in order to effectively respond to this phenomenon.  In line with these efforts, UNODC/TPB  implemented a national workshop for Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo from 30 to 31 October 2017. The training was part of a  project on Strengthening the Legal Regime against Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTFs) in the Middle East, North Africa and South Eastern Europe, funded by the European Union.

The event addressed normative and administrative challenges relating to the FTF threat aimed to enhance the implementation of a criminal justice response to FTFs that fully incorporates the rule of law and respect for human rights. Around 30 judges, prosecutors, investigators and representatives from relevant government institutions had the opportunity to share their experiences and best practices on cases involving FTFs. 

They discussed the international legal framework applicable to the phenomenon of FTFs, aspects of countering the financing of terrorism in relation to FTFs, and national experiences in investigating, prosecuting and adjudicating FTF cases. Participants also had the opportunity to learn from the shared experiences from Italy, the Netherlands and INTERPOL