Seminar ‘Terrorist suspects: Post-conviction, Post-release Life’, 27 March

On Wednesday 27 March from 15:00-19:00 hrs, CICJ organizes a seminar entitled ‘Terrorist suspects: Post-conviction, Post-release Life’. At the seminar, a broad range of speakers including representatives of advocacy organisations, the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security, a defense attorney and scholars.

After the 9/11 attacks, the global ‘War on Terrorism’ saw the arrest of thousands of individuals worldwide for terror offences. Between 2014 – the rise of ISIS – and 2017, nearly 4.050 individuals were arrested in the EU alone for terrorism related offences (TESAT, 2018). With returning foreign fighters from Syria and Iraq, this number may increase in the coming years. Legal responses in the context of counterterrorism are marked by controversy. On the one hand, there is a strong political and societal demand that states intervene in processes of radicalization, prosecute alleged terrorists and closely monitor terrorism suspects. On the other hand, detained alleged terrorists have been faced with severe restrictions after being acquitted or convicted. Citizenship deprivation, house arrest, passport withdrawal and strict monitoring seriously impact their lives and may leave them trapped in a limbo situation, arguably violating their human rights.

In this seminar we will discuss how the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and France respond to the terror threat and how these responses have impacted those after having been rightly or wrongly detained. Practitioners, academics and activists will provide an insight into the different approaches taken and the impact this may have, followed by an interactive discussion.

Speakers:

  • United Kingdom
    • Moazzem Begg, former Guantanamo-Bay detainee, Director of Outreach at CAGE
    • Asim Qureshi, Research Director at CAGE
  • The Netherlands:
    • Maarten Leyenhorst, trainer Risk Assessment Extremism, Ministry of Justice & Security
    • André Seebregts, criminal defence lawyer
    • Daan Weggemans, researcher Leiden University
    • Elanie Rodermond, researcher VU University Amsterdam
  • France
    • Hajer M’tiri, CICJ junior researcher, Master student International Crimes, Conflict and Criminology
    • Yasser Louati, Head of The Justice & Liberties For All Committee (CJL)

The seminar will be followed by free drinks and opportunities to network.

Date: Wednesday 27 March 2019
Time: 15.00-19.00 hrs
Venue: VU University Amsterdam, Main Building, 6A-00

Attendance is free. Please register by filling in the form below. For further inquiries, please reach out to j.van.wijk [at] vu.nl

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