The rapidly shifting nature of “far-right” violent extremist groups, and the rise in terrorist attacks by such groups or individuals affiliated with them or their ideologies over the last five years, has led to a growing concern among Member States and the international community at large.
To address this transnational threat, UNODC's Terrorism Prevention Branch launched a new project on the prevention of, and responses to, “far-right” violent extremism conducive to terrorism (FRVE), through an online event on 16 June 2021.The project is funded by Germany.
The event provided an overview of the activities foreseen under the project, including the publication of a training manual for criminal justice practitioners mapping out the national legal frameworks tackling FRVE of selected Member States and facilitating international legal cooperation in related cases. A forum of experts will also be established to inform the development of the training manual and several webinars on FRVE-related issues will be organized.
Masood Karimipour, Chief of UNODC’s Terrorism Prevention Branch, explained that “the project seeks to both raise awareness about FRVE and increase the capacity of criminal justice officers to address this phenomenon. In the longer term, our objective is to develop a forum of practitioners leading to the sharing of experiences and the enhancing of further inter-agency and intra-state collaboration on FRVE".
Bernd Heinze, Head of Division of International Cooperation against Terrorism, Drug Trafficking, Organized Crime and Corruption of the German Federal Foreign Office, noted that the involvement of Germany in this project has the purpose of helping to effectively support criminal justice practitioners and judicial authorities across national borders in developing a common understanding and coordinated measures against FRVE related crimes.
Representatives from Australia, Canada, Germany, Norway and the United States contributed to the discussion, highlighting the relevance of the threat posed by “far-right” violent extremism conducive to terrorism at the domestic and international level, and the need to address this transnational phenomenon in a coordinated manner.