The Council of Europe Committee on Counter-Terrorism (CDCT) held its 6th Plenary meeting via videoconference, on 18-20 May 2021.
The Committee approved two draft Recommendations, namely the draft Recommendation on measures aimed at protecting children against radicalisation for the purpose of terrorism, in addition to the draft Recommendation on the use of information collected in conflict zones as evidence in criminal proceedings related to terrorist offences.
The former draft Recommendation aims to guide member States in determining which measures may be the most efficient to protect children against radicalisation for the purpose of terrorism, while respecting the rights of children.
The latter aims to guide member States in the effective use of information collected in conflict zones as evidence in criminal proceedings related to terrorist offences, while respecting international law, in particular the right to a fair trial, and relevant national law.
The Committee also discussed completed, ongoing and future activities and reaffirmed the vital importance of the Council of Europe’s practical tools in the fight against terrorism, including the Network of Contact Points for the exchange of information regarding the legal standing of victims of terrorism and the 24/7 Network of Contact Points on Foreign Terrorist Fighters.