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Neuchâtel Memorandum Initiative on juvenile justice in the counter-terrorism context: Launch event in Syracuse

Thursday 15th of June 2017
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Cédric Foussard, IJJO director of International Affairs, participated in a two-day workshop which launched the Neuchâtel Memorandum Initiative in Syracuse (Italy), on the 19th and 20th of April. The Neuchâtel Memorandum on Good Practices for Juvenile Justice in a Counterterrorism Context was developed by the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) Criminal Justice and Rule of Law Working Group, under the leadership of the Government of Switzerland and the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ). 


The Syracuse event included training sessions from the basis of the Memorandum, addressed to policy-makers, judges, prosecutors, etc. to acquaint them with some of the key issues which need to be considered when dealing with juveniles charged with or convicted of a terrorism related offense. Real examples were provided to illustrate the good practices in the Neuchâtel Memorandum.

During the event, professionals worked in groups to create Practitioners Notes on topics such as the following:

- The status of children and their protection under international law and juvenile justice standards.

- Prevention matters in relation to the risks of children exposed to violent extremism, and the risk of recruitment and exploitation by terrorist organisations.

- The challenges authorities face vis-à-vis children in terrorism cases.

The Practitioners Notes will be presented during an event at the IIJ during the 2nd quarter of 2018.

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