Council of Europe Committee of Experts on Terrorism (CODEXTER) Holds Its Plenary Meeting in the Aftermath of Paris Attacks

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Friday, November 20, 2015
Michael Plachta
The Council of Europe Committee of Experts on Terrorism (CODEXTER) held its 29th plenary meeting in Strasbourg on November 17 – 18, 2015 under the Chairmanship of Mr. Nicola Piacente (Italy). In his opening remarks, Director Jan Kleijssen, Information Society and Action against Crime Directorate, referred to recent terrorist attacks claiming so many lives notably in Turkey, the Sinai Peninsula, and in France. Following the latest events mentioned above in Paris, he invited CODEXTER to use the acronym “Daesh” in its documents instead of the so-called “Islamic State” in order not to confer any legitimacy on the terrorist organization. He underlined the importance of the future work of the CODEXTER on the issue of “terrorism and the Internet” where the Council of Europe, through its various competent committees, is in a unique position to facilitate international cooperation and prevent the use of the Internet by terrorists to spread their message of hatred and terror.