CTED trends report: the challenge of returning and relocating foreign terrorist fighters: research perspectives
I would like to start by thanking the Security Council Committee established pursuant to Resolution 1373 for conveying this Open Briefing of the Counter-Terrorism Committee on the important issue of “Denying save haven to those who finance, plan, support, or commit terrorist acts, or provide safe havens, and preventing terrorists from abusing the asylum system, in conformity with international law”.
First, denying safe haven to those engaged in terrorist acts, like other aspects of counter-terrorism, can be seen itself as a human rights obligation of States. Under human rights law, States have an obligation to safeguard the right to life
Denying terrorists safe havens is key for undermining their capacity to operate and should be an important component of any counter-terrorism strategy.
The topic of this panel is as timely as ever – bearing in mind the crisis situation in some regions of the world, the influx of immigrants to other regions, the risks posed by foreign fighters, and – indeed – the reports on terrorists and criminals trying to abuse the refugee protection regime. These are matters of great concern to INTERPOL and its member countries, and are currently subject to discussion by INTERPOL’s bodies.
Like many other regions, South Asia is confronted with a rapidly transforming terrorism threat landscape that is increasingly transnational in nature. Local grievances and sociopolitical dynamics have been exploited by groups such as al-Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and linked to a global master