From 9 – 11 April, the CTC/CTED conducted a visit to the Republic of Finland in follow-up to the Committee’s initial visit of June 2012. The follow-up visit focused on progress made by Finland in implementing the CTC’s 2012 visit recommendations, as well as on measures introduced to implement Security Council resolutions 2178 (2014) and 2396 (2017) and other relevant Council resolutions. In accordance with the practice followed for the Committee’s previous visits, the human rights aspects of Finland’s counter-terrorism measures and the roles of women in countering terrorism and violent extremism were also raised during the discussions, in accordance with Security Council resolution 2242 (2015).
The delegation was led by Assistant Secretary-General Michèle Coninsx, Executive Director of CTED, and also included CTED experts and an expert of the Terrorism Prevention Branch of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC/TPB). During the visit, the CTED Executive Director met with representatives of a number of ministries and departments engaged in counter-terrorism, as well as representatives of civil society organisations. The delegation also held a series of technical-level meetings with multiple ministries and departments and conducted an on-site visit to Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport.