The screening was hosted by the International Peace Institute in partnership with the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF) and featured a post-screening discussion between Mr. Barrett and Mourad Benmehidi, Permanent Representative of Algeria to the United Nations.
noted three key elements of Algeria's
deradicalization and reconciliation measures that helped shape a positive environment for former fighters to cease violent activity.
First, open letters or fatwas issued by credible Islamic scholars were used to establish a relationship of trust with ex-terrorists, giving them the necessary spiritual and religious support for their decision.
Second, the perpetrators were assured that society, and most notably, their families, were prepared to accept them again.
Finally, governments and institutions were encouraged to address the root causes of terrorism, including alienation, social marginalization and economic security.
In response to a question about the efficacy of Algeria's
program, Ambassador Benmehidi
noted, "So far we are able to say that more than 10,000 terrorists have surrendered and are now living normal lives...[P]eople come in daily to turn themselves in."