Muflehun joined ICRD and PAIMAN Alumni Trust in Pakistan to teach a week-long training workshop for women leaders and teachers at womens’ madrassas on preventing radicalization and violent extremism. With participants representing four major cities from different provinces, each team designed their own local, customized and contextualized implementation plan based on their learnings from the workshop.
The US State Department invited Muflehun Executive Director Humera Khan and other community leaders from around the world to discuss the best ways to counter extremism for the #StrongCities Initiative. Ms. Khan talks to NPR about the role of civilians in this space.
Muflehun spoke on Feb 11 on the role on the role of victims and survivors of terrorism in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (PVE & CVE) at the UN Conference on the Human Rights of Victims of Terrorism organized by the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT) and the United Nations Counter-terrorism Implementation Taskforce (CTITF) Working Group on Supporting and Highlighting Victims of Terrorism.
Executive Director Humera Khan highlighted the potential roles of victims in PVE and CVE beyond counter-narratives and the need to protect their rights without instrumentalizing them.
The conference gathered experts from civil society, academia, regional and international organisations, to focus on how States can strengthen their national legislation, procedures and practices, based on the report on the “Framework Principles for Securing the Human rights of Victim of Terrorism” (A/HRC/20/14) by the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism.
Video archive is available from UN WebTV and starts at 2:03:26.
Muflehun Executive Director Humera Khan joined the technology panel at the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) Special Meeting on Preventing terrorists from exploiting the Internet and social media to recruit terrorists and incite terrorist acts, while respecting human rights and fundamental freedoms. Facebook, Twitter, Weibo and Microsoft joined as co-panelists to discuss public-private collaboration for #reclaimingtheweb.
Muflehun also joined a panel on “Use of ICT for Counter-Messaging” at the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED) Technical Sessions to talk about lessons learned for meta-narratives against violent extremism.
At the end, Ms Khan joined CTED Executive Director Jean-Paul Laborde for an informal press briefing.
UN Event information: UN CTC event info
Video coverage of event from UN TV available here:
CTED Technical Sessions: Preventing Terrorists from Exploiting the Internet and Social Media (Part 2)
CTC Special Meeting: Preventing Terrorists from Exploiting the Internet and Social Media (Part 3)– (starts at 1:51:06)
The Department of State Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) hosted a panel on “Combating Violent Extremism” at its 30th annual conference with 1200 registered participants.
Executive Director Humera Khan represented Muflehun on the panel and talked about radicalization and ways for the private sector to be involved in countering violent extremism. The panel was preceded by a keynote by CIA Director John Brennan and was followed by a keynote by Secretary John Kerry.
Video coverage of the event by C-SPAN available:
Muflehun was honored to receive the Transportation Security Adminstration (TSA) 2015 Community Partnership Award for our service and efforts for several years to enhance the traveler experience and to ensure that all passengers are treated with respect and dignity. The award was presented at the TSA 13th Annual Coalition Conference
As a member of the Disability and Multicultural Coalition, Muflehun provides advice and recommendations on TSA screening policies and procedures and is also a cultural awareness trainer for officers as part of the agency’s “Islam 101 Passenger Support Specialist Training.” Muflehun provides expertise in the development of TSA’s anti-discrimination guidance to the workforce, and is a committed participant in the TSA Multicultural Branch’s community engagement initiatives.
In March 2015 Executive Director Humera Khan was invited by the US Embassy in Amman to run workshops, training and briefings, in conjunction with the Jordanian Ministry of Awqaf and Ministry of Interior, for senior government officials, law enforcement, male and female preachers, youth, universities and think tanks in Amman, Zarqa and Ajloun.
The workshops with preachers and youth focused on CVE awareness, skills to build narratives to counter ISIS ideology, youth identity and the use of social media to counter violent extremism. The events with government officials, universities and think tanks laid out CVE frameworks for designing national and local CVE strategies. The briefings with law enforcement focused on good practices for prisoner rehabilitation.
Over 300 people participated in the multiple events held over two weeks.