Combating terrorism | OSCE Ministerial Council 2014

2 December 2014
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Image PlaceholderTerrorism is high on the international agenda and remains a serious cause for concern for the OSCE. A number of groups have gained in prominence over recent years and the threat continues to evolve rapidly. In this newsletter we highlight the current initiatives the OSCE is taking to tackle the problem. Our story, To pay or not to pay?, examines the difficult dilemmas states face in kidnapping for ransom cases, and how the OSCE is promoting co-ordinated responses. We’re also calling for greater dialogue between governments and non-profit organizations to protect charities from terrorist abuse. In this edition, you’ll also learn about why women are key to countering violent extremism and radicalization that lead to terrorism.
Thomas Wuchte
OSCE Head on Anti-Terrorism Issues

Kidnap for ransom: To pay or not to pay?


The terrorist threat continues to evolve rapidly. Kidnapping for ransom has become particularly lucrative for terrorists – and is a serious cause for concern by the OSCE. When dealing with such cases, authorities often strive to ensure that the hostages come to no harm. On the other hand, paying ransoms or offering other concessions fuels terrorism further. How to deal with this dilemma? Learn more

Protecting charities from terrorist abuse


Charities and other non-profit organizations (NPOs) intend to fulfil important social functions and serve the public. Yet they could be used as a cover by terrorists to secure access to funds and resources. How can governments enforce policies to counter terrorism without undermining the valuable work done by NPOs? Read More

Women, terrorism and counter-terrorism


Is terrorism a ‘male-only’ problem? Have women’s roles in violent extremism and combating the threat been overlooked? OSCE raises awareness on how gender-sensitive approaches make for effective counter-terrorism. Learn More

Preventing Terrorism and Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalization that Lead to Terrorism: A Community-Policing Approach


This guidebook provides guidance on the central issues that can have an impact on the success or failure of police efforts to harness a community-policing approach to preventing terrorism and countering violent extremism and radicalization that lead to terrorism. Download it here.

Interlaken Counter-Terrorism Conference: statements and documents


The OSCE international counter-terrorism conference brought together some 200 experts to explore the OSCE’s role in addressing current counter-terrorism challenges. Learn more about the conference, look up the agenda and the lists of participants, and access conference documents on our dedicated page.

Threats to energy infrastructure


The OSCE is working to protect societies that are increasingly reliant on energy produced by, and distributed through, critical energy infrastructure. Learn more about the threats and how to overcome these.

Human Rights in Counter-Terrorism Investigations: A Practical Manual for Law Enforcement Officers


This manual focuses on the investigation process and has been produced following requests from law enforcement officers working in the field for a practical tool to aid their work. Download it here.

OSCE contributes to worldwide efforts in combating terrorism


With its expertise in conflict prevention, crisis management and early warning, the OSCE contributes to worldwide efforts in combating terrorism. Many effective counter-terrorism measures fall into other areas in which the OSCE is active, such as police training and border monitoring. The OSCE also looks at human rights issues in relation to counter-terrorism. Learn More

Check out the links below to learn more about the work done to combat terrorism by various parts of the OSCE:
OSCE Secretariat
OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
OSCE Centre in Bishkek
OSCE Mission to Skopje
OSCE Office in Yerevan
OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine

21st OSCE Ministerial Council


From 4 to 5 December 2014, OSCE Foreign Ministers will convene in Basel for the annual Ministerial Council meeting to assess progress and take decisions on new commitments to ensure political, military, economic, environmental and human security.
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