Today, on 26th of May 20201, Kosovar Centre for Security Studies published the latest research report in the framework of the Violent Extremism program. This report provides an overview of Kosovo citizens’ perceptions on violent extremism. The report specifically focuses on their views on the repatriation of Kosovo citizens from the battlegrounds of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, as well as the citizens’ perception on the efforts of institutions and CSOs in regard to the reintegration and rehabilitation of the returnees and their families.
In addition to publishing the findings of the report, KCSS has organized a discussion on the reintegration and rehabilitation process. The Minister of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Kosovo, Mr. Xhelal Sveçla, participated in this discussion and through a short presentation he spoke about the progress achieved so far in the institutional efforts for the rehabilitation and reintegration of returnees from conflict zones in Syria and Iraq and what have been the main challenges and shortcomings of the institutions in this regard.
On the other hand, in a separate panel with representatives of CSOs implementing projects in the field of rehabilitation and reintegration, the discussion was focused on the capacities of civil society to further contribute to rehabilitation and reintegration and the importance of cooperation between institutional actors, civil society and the community in increasing the effectiveness of reintegration and rehabilitation programs. This panel consisted of Ms. Nerimane Ferizi from Community Building Mitrovica (CBM), Ms. Luljeta Berisha Gallopeni from the Kosova Rehabilitation Center for Torture Victims (KRCT) and Mr. Skender Perteshi from the Kosovar Centre for Security Studies. Today's discussion was moderated by Ms. Teuta Avdimetaj, Researcher at KCSS.
Report can be found here: Community perceptions on violent extremism and repatriation of Kosovo Citizens' from ISIS battlegrounds