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On 8 June 2022 the Secretary General of the Siracusa International Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, Ezechia Paolo Reale, took part in the “High-Level Conference on Parliamentary Support to Victims of Terrorism”.

The high-level conference was organized by the UNOCT Programme Office on Parliamentary Engagement, in cooperation with the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM), the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE PA), the African Parliamentary Union (APU), and the Shura Council of the State of Qatar. The event, kindly hosted by the Parliament of Italy, was held at the “Palazzo Montecitorio – Nuova Aula dei Gruppi Parlamentari”, in Rome, Italy.

The conference brought together various stakeholders, including parliamentarians, representatives of UN entities, leading experts, members of regional parliamentary assemblies, victims of terrorism, victims’ associations, and civil society organizations, with the objective of identifying the best way for parliamentarians to address the rights and needs of victims of terrorism and to find tangible legislative measures that can be implemented to enact positive change and creates lasting impact on the national level as well as within their communities.

The high-level conference allowed parliamentarians to identify lasting solutions and make a parliamentary contribution to global efforts in counterterrorism and the prevention of violent extremism, with robust action and a real impact on communities that have fallen victims to terrorist acts.

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