https://www.un.org/victimsofterrorism/sites/www.un.org.victimsofterrorism/files/uncct-gphb-africa-middle-east-2018-ar.pdfThe United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT) worked with victims’ organizations that have a wealth of knowledge and experience of working, supporting and assisting victims of terrorism to develop the “Handbook of Good Practices to Support Victims’ Associations in Africa and the Middle East”.
Launched on 26 June 2018 at the “Standing in Solidarity for the Rights of Victims of Terrorism” Victims Side-Event during the UN High-Level Conference of Heads of Counter-Terrorism Agencies of Member States, this Handbook is the result of an inclusive and participatory process that gathered victims, experts and representatives from victims’ associations from across Africa and the Middle East, many of them direct victims of terrorism. Despite their suffering and their loss, they have decided to act as game-changers for themselves and for others. The Handbook provides an opportunity to spread their knowledge and help other victims and victims’ associations effect change.
The Handbook seeks to provide practical guidance, knowledge and advice through a set of guidelines/good practices to victims’ associations on how to support victims of terrorism in Africa and the Middle-East in the following four areas:
(i) raising victims’ voices in Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE);
(ii) building and sustaining resilience at the community and individual levels
(iii) financial and non-financial assistance for victims of terrorism;
(iv) outreach and advocacy to better promote victims’ rights.
This handbook is meant to serve as a useful toolkit not only for civil society organizations across Africa and the Middle East that support victims of terrorism, but for all those who wish to end terrorism and prevent violent extremism.
“We will be better equipped to defeat terrorism by listening to those who are directly affected by these heinous acts. Together, our efforts can make a huge difference”.
Mr. Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General for Counter-Terrorism.
Download the Handbook of Good Practices to Support Victims’ Associations in Africa and the Middle East here (English).