Violent extremist groups represent one of today’s most pressing security threats. With the increasingly large amounts of territory that they occupy, the substantial resources they generate, and their sophisticated use of social media and communication tools to propagate their message and incite violence, urgent and coordinated approaches are needed to counter these groups.
Against this backdrop, UNODC – building on its expertise in the field of prison management and reform – has enhanced its role in advising Member States by asking Dr Shane BRYANS to write a Handbook on The Management of Violent Extremist Prisoners and the Prevention of Radicalisation to Violence in Prisons. Two Expert Group meetings have been held in Vienna consisting of over 50 Experts from 25 Member States and five regions, various United Nations entities (including the Counter-Terrorism Centre and the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate), and other international, regional and non-governmental organizations.
The experts validated a UNODC scoping document produced by Dr Shane BRYANS which served as the basis for the Handbook. See more about this programme here. The Handbook is due for publication in October 2016, in four languages.