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Monday, Oct 17, 2022

CEP Webinar: Back from Raqqa – The Prosecution of Returnees in Germany and France | Sofia Koller

The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) was delighted to host this webinar, where Sofia Koller, senior research analyst at CEP Germany, presented her policy paper on the prosecution of female returnees in Germany—the first in a series of CEP publications analyzing the prosecution, rehabilitation, and reintegration of returnees in different European countries. 

This research paper serves as the starting point of a discussion on the approach to prosecution of returnees in Germany and France, the role of international criminal law, as well as broader challenges of human rights-based processes of risk and needs assessment, rehabilitation, and reintegration of ISIS-affiliated men, women, and minors.

Sofia Koller
Senior Research Analyst, Counter Extremism Project (CEP)

Alexandra Lily Kather
Legal Advisor, The Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA)

Anne-Clémentine Larroque
Historical Analyst, Anti-Terrorist Investigation Unit, Judicial Court of Paris


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"A group of experts gathered by the Counter-Extremism Project believes the number of pro-Ukraine foreign fighters present in-country ranges from 'several hundred… to a few thousand.' Fighters from Eastern Europe and former Soviet republics still seem to constitute the bulk of arrivals, with Poland, Georgia, Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania and Romania among the most frequently mentioned in open sources as countries of origin."

August 18, 2022
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Extremists: Their Words. Their Actions.

In Their Own Words:

So you go to India, and if you see a Hindu walking down the road you are allowed to kill him and take his money, is that clear? Jews should be killed ... as by Hitler. People with British passports, if you fly into Israel, it is easy. Fly into Israel and do whatever you can. If you die, you are up in paradise. How do you fight a Jew? You kill a Jew. In the case of Hindus, by bombing their businesses.

Abdullah Faisal, ISIS Propagandist Undated
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