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International Initiative on the Prevention and Countering of Radicalism and Extremism

30 April 2018

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Time: 09:30am onwards
Location: King’s College, Strand, London, WC2R 2LS

The International Observatory of Human Rights, a non-profit NGO based in the UK is launching a new initiative focusing on the issue of radicalisation and extremism on Monday, 30th April 2018.

Young people around the world are being recruited by terrorist networks on a daily basis. These people are misled and radicalised, and end up committing gruesome violent acts while fighting in places like Syria, Iraq, Somalia and Afghanistan.

IOHR’s new initiative, “Not Born A Radical”, addresses the root causes of radicalisation and provides a progressive platform for educating and empowering the youth and engaging returning fighters and prisoners seeking a path to rehabilitation.

IOHR has partnered with Hanif Qadir, a reformed Islamic extremist, a leading expert on de-radicalisation and Chief Executive of the Active Change Foundation. He has been assisting international organisations and governments to utilise his field experience and moderate theological views to improve and initiate programmes that aim to prevent and counter radicalisation and extremism.

To break out of the cycle of violence dominating our news headlines and threatening our security, IOHR is bringing together experts, practitioners, academics and former extremists. They will share policy-relevant knowledge, research and expertise in real time and explore relevant pathways by which the global, regional and national policies can offer the opportunity to prevent radicalisation and improve response to fighters returning home. The day long conference will comprise of presentations, panel discussions and a post-conference workshop to produce a policy paper seeking better practices and recommendations.

As part of the initiative, IOHR is also launching its international prison visit programme seeking an opportunity to conduct, collect and analyse motivational and societal factors causing extremism. This includes main recruitment methods used by international terrorist organisations, with the objective to design strategies for preventing radicalisation and rehabilitating and reintegrating individuals into society.


  • Mr. Hanif Qadir – Chief Executive of the Active Change Foundation
  • Mr. Raffaello Pantucci – Director of International Security Studies at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)
  • Mr. Mohammad Touseef – Counter Terrorism Analyst, Fellow with the Centre for Strategy and Contemporary Research (CSCR)
  • Mr. Simon Cornwall – United Nations Counter Terrorism Advisor to Central Asia
  • Mr. Paul Birch – Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit (CTIRU) at the Metropolitan Police, (NCTT) National Counter Terrorism Coordinator ACPO. Former Muslim Contact Unit (MCU) Counter Terrorism Command.
  • Mr. Ian Larnder – Former Chief Superintendent of Metropolitan Police, Former (NCTT) National Community Tension Team ACPO.
  • Dr. Badrus Sholeh – Associate Professor of International Relations and Executive Director of Centre for the Middle East and Global Peace Studies at Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University Jakarta, Indonesia.
  • Dr. Lorenzo Vidino – Director of the Program on Extremism at George Washington University’s Centre for Cyber & Homeland Security, Head of Radicalisation and International Terrorism at the Italian Institute for International Political Studies
  • Mr. Mirza Omerhodžić – Project Co-ordinator, IOM Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Dr. Shima D. Keene – Director of the Conflict Studies Research Centre, Oxford and a Deployable Civilian Expert (DCE) for the United Kingdom (UK) Government’s Civilian Stabilisation Group (CSG)
  • Dr. Joanna Goodey – Head of Freedoms and Justice Department European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights
  • Mr. Theo Padnos – A writer, essayist and former captive of al-Nusra in Syria
  • Dr. Nina Käsehage – Lecturer at the University of Rostock (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) at the Department of Religious Sciences and Intercultural Theology

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