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 Saudi Showcases 'Munasaha' Porgram in UN Congress

15/04/2015

 

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In the framework of participation in the 13th UN Crime Congress, the delegation of the Saudi Arabia showcases the 'Munasaha Program' at the associated exhibition of the Congress at QNCC.

The 'Munasaha ' is a rehabilitation program through intellectual treatment and involvement of a number of partners and diversified programs as well as launching initiatives and activating the role of the community in combating the extremism and terrorism and is implemented by Muhammed bin Nayef Center for health care and counseling .

While presenting the paper of Saudi Arabia in the Congress, Dr. Nasser Al Mouseeri explained that the Center is preparing to offer renewed programs and various means to tackle the modern violence through international cooperation.

"At Mohammed bin Nayef Center for health care and counseling, we are working in the framework of international and local efforts to confront terrorism and eradicate its roots as well as to drain its resources. The Saudi program has become an example followed by other countries facing ideological extremism", said Dr. Nasser.

He added that everyone knows the global phenomenon of terrorism has no religion or homeland and terrorism has its own reasons such as political, economic, intellectual and social factors or conflicts and wars etc. We are not able to lull for a particular reason and the terrorism has been practiced by parties or groups as it exists in many countries of the world.

He stressed that the Saudi Arabia has taken regional measures to encounter the problem and there are bilateral cooperation at large scale and international efforts in this regard, especially after the emergence of some terrorist organizations, which turned into a global organization such as Daaish which includes different nationalities and cultures.

Psychologists, Islamic scholars, social workers and academics are involved in the Munasaha rehabilitation program that aims to analyze and rehabilitate terrorist ideology as part of the ideological war that Saudi security apparatus has been engaged in against Al Qaeda over the past few years. Approximately 100 religious figures, psychologists, social workers, and teachers help to operate the Munasaha rehabilitation program which aims to rehabilitate those who have been involved in terrorist activity.

Those arrested for engaging in terrorist activity are enrolled in the Munasaha rehabilitation program before being transferred to the judiciary. The program is implemented on both a general and personal level, has succeeded in convincing many of those who were previously involved in terrorist activity to abandon their destructive ideology. 

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prior to enrolment in the Munasaha rehabilitation program detainees are psychologically assed to ensure that they do not suffer from any mental illnesses such as depression or schizophrenia. The social situation of potential detainees is also assessed prior to enrolment in the program to ensure that their families would not suffer from financial troubles as a result of their imprisonment, and that their family members would be willing to visit the detainees during their rehabilitation.

Following this, the Munasaha team draws up a report on each detainee’s psychological and social status, and it is decided whether the detainee will be enrolled in the program or whether social aid must be provided to ensure that the detainee is eligible for enrolment and is free of any [external] influences that may impede rehabilitation. Following the enrolment, the Munasaha team analyzes the ideology that the detainee follows, whether this is the ideology of Al Qaeda or some other Jihadist ideology, by conducting a calm discussion with him. Then, the Munasaha team, which comprises of two sheikhs and a psychologist, meets with the detainee individually, bringing him texts and conducting discussions that refute his ideology and beliefs.

“Following this, the prisoner is enrolled in an educational program that is carried out by several individuals and this involves lessons in allegiance, as well as lessons that deal with [the true meaning of] Jihad and Takfir, and other lessons that deal with Saudi Arabia’s role in providing services to Islam and Muslims, as if he is in a school,”