Regional Workshop for Police Officers and Prosecutors in South Asia on Effectively Countering Terrorism

Date: 8-10 November 2009

Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI) organised a three-day “Regional Workshop for Police Officers and Prosecutors in South Asia on effectively countering Terrorism” on 8-10 November 2009 at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel, Dhaka. The Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, in association with the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) and with the support of the Governments of Australia and Denmark, hosted the Workshop. Advocate Sahara Khatun, MP, Honorable Minister for Home Affairs graced the Inaugural Session of the workshop as the Chief Guest. Chaired by Home Secretary Abdus Sobhan Sikder, the workshop was also addressed by Executive Director of UNCTED Mike Smith, Danish Ambassador Einar Hebogaard Jensen, Australia’s Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism Bill Paterson, BEI President Farooq Sobhan and Foreign Secretary Mijarul Quayes.

A number of other agencies, including the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) and the Commonwealth Secretariat participated in the workshop. Police officers and prosecutors from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka – along with additional observers from Bangladesh as well as the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) – took part in the workshop

The purpose of the workshop was to enhance the counter-terrorism capacities of law enforcement personnel in the region. The workshop also provided an opportunity to discuss the role of the police and prosecution services in combating terrorism and the challenges faced by those services in leading effective investigations and prosecutions. Discussions focused on ways in which a counter-terrorism approach based on sound legal procedures and respect for the rule of law could strengthen international cooperation, making it more likely that terrorists would be properly brought to justice. It also provided a forum for raising the awareness of police and prosecution services regarding the latest available investigation and forensic technologies and techniques, and for the sharing of experiences and best practices.

The workshop was formally closed on 10 November 2009 with a closing session. Advocate Md. Shamsul Hoque Tuku, MP, Honorable State Minister for Home Affairs was the Chief Guest at the Concluding Session while Mr. Nur Mohammad, Inspector General of Police, Bangladesh, attended the session as Special Guest. The Concluding session was chaired by Mr. Md. Ghulam Hussain, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs.

For further information, Please feel free to contact with Ms. Zohra, Senior Research Associate, BEI at Email: zohra@bei-bd.org.

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