In April 2020, the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) published a Trends Alert entitled, “Member States concerned by the growing and increasingly transnational threat of extreme right-wing terrorism.” Based on information collected during CTED’s engagement with Member States and insights from CTED’s Global Research Network, the Trends Alert provided an overview of key trends relating to extreme right-wing terrorism, Member States’ responses, and guidance that might support those responses.
The Update to the April 2020 Trends Alert examines how extreme right-wing terrorists are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. It provides an analysis of data from Member States, researchers and civil society organizations which indicates that extreme right-wing terrorists are using COVID-19-related conspiracy theories and disinformation to radicalize, recruit and fundraise, and seeking to inspire plots and attacks. It also analyses the potential related challenges, and how Member States, international and regional organizations, and the private sector are responding.
The Update was prepared by CTED in accordance with Security Council resolution 2395 (2017). This reaffirms the essential role of CTED within the United Nations to identify and assess issues, trends and developments relating to the implementation of Council resolutions 1373 (2001), 1624 (2005) and 2178 (2014), 2396 (2017) and other relevant resolutions.
CTED Trends Alerts are designed to increase awareness, both within the Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) and among United Nations agencies and policymakers, of emerging trends identified through CTED’s engagement with Member States on their implementation of the relevant Council resolutions. The Alerts also include relevant evidence-based research conducted by members of the CTED Global Research Network (GRN) and other researchers.