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Speech by H.E. Vincent Guérend, the EU Ambassador to Indonesia,
at the National Workshop on Protecting Indonesia from Violent Extremism
and the launch of the EU-UNDP Project “Protect”
Jakarta, 14 March 2019
Dear Bapak Sihardi Alius, Head of the National Counter-Terrorism Agency (BNPT),
Dear Bapak Christophe Bahuet, UNDP Resident Representative to Indonesia,
Ladies and Gentleman, dear Colleagues,
I am very happy to participate this morning in yet another important step – and even a milestone – in the partnership that links Indonesia and the EU.
This partnership is based on the shared interests, values, challenges and threats that link us. In short: our connectivity and interdependence.
Preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE) is a perfect illustration thereof.
Indonesia and the EU are facing the scourge of violent extremism, with cycles of terrorist actions striking both our territories in recent years. Attacks in Jakarta, Surabaya, Paris, Brussels Nice or Manchester, and too many other places in our countries and across the world, resonate with the same terrible sound of horror for our populations and grief for the victims. They are based on the same wicked ideology and perpetrators: international networks – prominently ISIS and Al Qaeda - and their constellation of polymorphous fragmented cells difficult to identify, to prevent and apprehend, exploiting faith to appeal to - and radicalise - vulnerable persons and groups in our societies.
We are faced with the same questions and challenges, from understanding the reasons and mechanisms that drive radicalisation, in particular among our youth, to the need to respond to the challenges of Foreign Terrorists Fighters, radicalisation in prisons as well as monitoring released suspects and convicts, putting in place policies that ally prevention, de-radicalisation and law enforcement in full respect of human rights.
The EU looks to the Indonesian experience with great interest. From the new Anti-Terrorism law adopted last spring, which better equips law enforcement bodies to adapt to the new patterns of violent extremism, to Indonesia's rather unique mix of law enforcement and so-called "soft approaches" to prevention and de-radicalisation.
The EU-financed project "Protect", launched today, aims at contributing to such policies through:
"Protect" will ensure cross feeding between the regional and the country dimensions, with tailor-made actions in Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand.
In the implementation of this project, the EU is happy to partner with UNDP, given its expertise built over many years, including on the major CONVEY project, and its extensive network of Government, academia, think tanks and civil society stakeholders. The interest and buy-in shown by the Coordinating Ministries of Political, legal and Security Affairs as well as of Human Development and Cultural Affairs is a key factor of success for this common endeavour.
The partnership with UNDP also allows us to integrate first-hand the overall guidance of the United Nation Secretary General (UNSG) Strategy on P/CVE, a key UN output that serves as a common platform of engagement for Indonesia and the EU.
The "Protect" project is yet another concrete deliverable of the annual Indonesia-Security Dialogue initiated three years ago, and the first project in the area of P/CVE. In our latest security dialogue held in November 2018, Indonesia and the EU agreed to intensify their cooperation, with deliverables in 2019 on cooperation and exchange of experience in removing violent and radical content online, as well as on developing further the exchange of information between Indonesia and EUROPOL. As a first step this year, we are working with BNPT on a study visit and policy exchange in Brussels and The Hague.
The EU looks forward to BNPT's regional workshop on Youth and Violent Extremism on 22-25 April, and is extending an invitation to BNPT and the Indonesian Foreign Ministry (KEMLU) to participate in the annual international Cyber Forum hosted by the EU in Brussels on 15-16 April.
The recent arrival of a dedicated Counter-Terrorism Expert in the EU Delegation in Jakarta, Mr Marc Vierstraete-Verlinde, who has started to engage with BNPT, UNDP and many other partners, is a new asset to develop further this important cooperation.
Let me wish you all an excellent dialogue this morning.