First Expert Meeting on Implementing Pillars I and IV, Bratislava
The First Expert Meeting on Pillar I, "Measures to address the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism and Pillar IV, Measures to ensure respect for human rights for all and the rule of law as the fundamental basis of the fight against terrorism" was held in Bratislava, Slovakia on 15-16 December 2010.
Discussions on Pillar I led to identification of best practices as well as gaps in addressing conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism. These included the need to address latent conflicts within the wider region; the need to prevent and address socio-economic inequalities, marginalization, and youth unemployment as these in many cases serve as catalysts for radicalization, and can ultimately lead to terrorism. At the same time the need to promote tolerance, inter-cultural, inter-religious and inter-ethnic dialogue was stressed. Discussions on Pillar IV led to identification of measures to ensure respect for human rights for all and the rule of law as the fundamental basis for the fight against terrorism. Participants identified tangible measures to ensure that human rights and the rule of law, including good governance are safeguarded in the fight against terrorism in the region and that the criminal justice system is strengthened in this regard.