The RAN virtual study visit to Central Asia took place on 25-26 May 2021 and brought together 30 European and Central Asian practitioners from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan. The goal of the workshop was to share knowledge and exchange challenges and inspiring practices in the field of repatriation, disengagement, rehabilitation and reintegration (RDRR) of violent Islamist extremist offenders, returning foreign terrorist fighters (RFTFs) and their families. The Central Asian presenters and participants represented a wide variety of professional backgrounds, including civil society organisations (CSOs), international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) and academics.
During the study visit, a particular focus was given to understand the importance of political will and support in order for practitioners to do what is needed, legal issues in relation to prosecution and documentation, the role of the family, and the preparation of the receiving communities. The meeting also explored the role of international organisations and how they can support and coordinate the work of RDRR for both practitioners and policymakers. Read more