CTED holds regional workshop in Bhutan
The Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) and the Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation held a regional workshop in Thimphu, Bhutan, from 24 to 26 May 2011 on effectively countering terrorism.
Like previous events organized in Bangladesh, Indonesia and Sri Lanka, the workshop in Bhutan sought to identify effective approaches that can be applied to South Asia and are grounded in respect for human rights and the rule of law. Participants included senior police officers, prosecutors and judges from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Building on key challenges raised at the preceding workshops, the issues covered focused on interviewing suspects, interrogation techniques, the challenges of using classified evidence in prosecutions, and the effective implementation of laws aimed at countering terrorism and transnational crime.
“It is vital that national and regional authorities, such as the police, prosecutors and judges, work together,” said Mike Smith, head of CTED. “Without these three groups, for example, there can be no investigations, arrests, trials or convictions. Justice would never be served.”
Interactive workshops such as this one in Bhutan allow national and regional authorities a chance to share experiences, lessons learned and best practices in handling terrorism-related cases.
“We hope participants gained a renewed sense of purpose and a strong network of colleagues,” said Mr. Smith. “In the long run, we hope such meetings will become commonplace and that relations will intensify, in a spirit of dialogue and cooperation.”