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Strengthening the support offered to victims of terrorism in cross-border situations – online symposium

Strasbourg 14/04/2021
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Strengthening the support offered to victims of terrorism in cross-border situations – online symposium

Under the auspices of the German Presidency of the Committee of Ministers, the Council of Europe and the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection co-hosted a Symposium on “Supporting Victims of Terrorism in Cross-Border Situations”, which raised awareness about the challenges faced by victims of terrorism in cross-border situations, explored good comparative practices of possible support services, and promoted international co-operation and co-ordination.

Speakers included the European Commission Coordinator for victims’ rights, the German Federal Government Commissioner for the Victims and Bereaved of Terrorist Offences committed on National Territory, the Director of the U.S. Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism, the Deputy to the Under-Secretary-General of the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism, and the Council of Europe Counter-Terrorism Coordinator.

HE Christian Meuwly, Swiss Ambassador Extraordinary and Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe and Focal Point on the Fight against Terrorism opened the event together with Prof. Edgar Franke, German Federal Government Commissioner for the Victims and Bereaved of Terrorist Offences committed on National Territory, while closing remarks were delivered by Mr Jan Kleijssen, Director, Information Society - Action against Crime Directorate, Council of Europe and HE Rolf Mafael, Chair of the Ministers’ Deputies and German Ambassador Extraordinary and Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe.

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