BNPT's Saudi Arabia visit aimed at studying deradicalization strategy

BNPT's Saudi Arabia visit aimed at studying deradicalization strategy

The National Counter-Terrorism Agency (BNPT) head Boy Rafli Aram during his visit to a deradicalization facility in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. ANTARA/HO-Humas BNPT/nbl.

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The National Counter-Terrorism Agency (BNPT) visited a deradicalization facility in Saudi Arabia to gain a comprehensive understanding of the deradicalization strategy applied by the country.

The visit to Mohammed Bin Nayef Counseling and Care Centre (MNCC) and Al-Ha'ir Prison, both in Riyadh City, aims to improve Indonesia's deradicalization strategy, according to BNPT Head Boy Rafli Amar.

"BNPT is studying how Saudi Arabia rectifies radical thoughts that the terrorists have," Amar noted as per the statement here Friday.

He expounded that the BNPT has developed various deradicalization strategies, including through the establishment of a Nusantara Integrated Area (KTN), in synergy with other stakeholders.

The KTN provides social and economically-valuable skills for ex-terror inmates to improve their well-being and aid their reintegration with the public, the BNPT head explained.

"(The visit) allows us to correct where we are lacking in the aspect of stakeholders' cooperation, and we are evaluating that," Amar remarked.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia's MNCC in Riyadh employed rehabilitation and reintegration deradicalization strategies to rectify terror inmates formerly participating in extremist groups.

The MNCC operates with a special scientific methodology based on the Saudi constitution, and programs offered to participants in the facility pertain to education, art therapy, recreation, and psychological and religious counselling.

The recent terror attack on a police office in Astana Anyar, Bandung, on December 7, 2022, which was perpetrated by a former terrorism inmate, is a reminder that deradicalization efforts in Indonesia still need improvement and must be developed further, he emphasized.

The BNPT head stated that the main purpose of deradicalization policies in Indonesia is to help terror inmates renounce their radical ideologies and thoughts to allow them to reintegrate themselves into society. 

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