Delegation of the European Union to Kenya

EU financing training for Kenya to counter extremism and terrorism

21/01/2021 - 08:17
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In January 2021, the European Union is financing the organisation of a training course which aims at preventing violent extremism and terrorism in Kenya. The training, which will take place in a virtual format over four days, targets both law enforcement officers and representatives of non-governmental organisations, working with individuals who may consider to join a criminal or terrorist organisation. The training course is delivered by the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ), based in Malta.

The training, which the IIJ is organising in a number of EU partner countries worldwide, emphasises the importance of multi-agency and multi-sector co-operation in tackling the challenge of terrorism.   This co-operation is particularly important when it comes to the development of programmes to identify and support individuals who are vulnerable to, at risk of or already on the path towards radicalisation to violent extremism.  Governments are encouraged to adopt comprehensive approaches to prevent individuals from embracing extremist violence and to put into practice a ‘whole-of-society’ approach, in line with the Plan of Action of the United Nations Secretary-General on preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE).   

The most effective P/CVE interventions are typically led by local actors, who are often best placed to detect and respond to early signs of radicalisation in individuals.  Specific support measures may include psycho-social support, mentorship, theological debate or assistance with employment and education.  These activities are designed to stop the process of radicalisation before views have hardened.  The objective is to steer the individuals concerned down a different, non-violent path.    

The International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ) provides training to lawmakers, police, prosecutors and other justice sector stakeholders on how to address terrorism and transnational organised crime within a rule of law framework.  More broadly, the IIJ works to strengthen criminal justice systems and promote justice, security and human rights.  A particular focus is placed on countries seeking to develop rule of law-based approaches to addressing security challenges including terrorism.   

Simon Mordue, the EU Ambassador to Kenya, welcomed the organisation of the training, which is taking place in close coordination with the National Counter-Terrorism Centre (NCTC) of Kenya.  Ambassador Mordue said: “I applaud the leadership of Kenya and the NCTC in co-hosting this workshop with the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law.  The organisation of the workshop is timely, as the COVID-19 related lockdowns around the world have resulted in youth spending more time on-line.  Terrorism recruiters have wasted no time to step up their on-line recruitment efforts in order to attract youngsters to their criminal causes.  It is of utmost importance to counter this trend.”


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