Counter-Terrorism Committee submits proposal for comprehensive international framework to counter terrorist narratives

s_2017_375On 28 April 2017, the Counter-Terrorism Committee submitted its proposal for a comprehensive international framework to counter terrorist narratives to the Security Council. This was the outcome of a process that started on 11 May 2016, when the Security Council in its presidential statement (S/PRST/2016/6) requested its Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) to present a proposal, by 30 April 2017, for a comprehensive international framework with recommended guidelines and good practices to effectively counter the ways in which terrorist groups use their narratives to encourage, motivate, and recruit others to commit terrorist acts.

The Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) has been assisting the Counter-Terrorism Committee in this work, and as part of it has taken a number of initiatives, including organizing a special meeting on “Preventing the exploitation of information and communication technologies (ICT) for terrorist purposes, while respecting human rights and fundamental freedoms.”

The CTC proposal consists of three core elements: (1) legal and law enforcement measures in accordance with obligations under international law and relevant UN resolutions; (2) public-private partnerships; and (3) the development of counter-narratives. The full text (S/2017/375) can be accessed in all official UN languages here.