The International Institute for Peace, Justice and Human Rights (IIPJHR) has been monitoring and working on the issue of Terrorist Foreign Fighters (FTF) since March 2014. IIPJHR has organized different side-events during the United Nations Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva and has also taken a stand on this issue with several oral and written statements at the Human Rights Council.

 From the United States through Asia, North Africa and the Middle East, states are faced with the departure of young people to different conflicts. With the challenge of their return, the risk of terrorist attacks on their soil is real. In the era of free movement and Internet, governments and international institutions are faced with a crucial security challenge.

 As a Human Rights NGO, IIPJHR seeks to go beyond a simple security-centered approach and wishes to help understanding the complexity and plurality of situations. IIPJHR thus equally considers controversial issues such as the position of families affected by the phenomenon as well as deradicalization and reintegration programs.



Interview of the Project Manager, Dr. Imène Ajala


In what state of mind have you addressed this difficult subject?

The issue of Terrorist Foreign Fighters is an ongoing issue. This
implies facing the usual challenges involved when dealing with topics
making the headlines, especially keeping up to date with latest
developments and general debates.


How do you work? What are your methods?

There are three dimensions: monitoring news through google alerts,
organizing workshops conceived as forums of debates for experts and
professionals working on the issue and finally, drawing attention to the
issue within the United Nations Human Rights Council through side-events
and statements.


What's next for this project ?

The Institute will continue working on the issue according to the
dimensions developed above.
The June and September sessions of the United Nations Human Rights
Council will constitute the main frameworks for the next developments of the project in terms of
workshops and statements.