A RARE glimpse into the lives of detainees held in Singapore for terror activities was unveiled yesterday in an international report presented at an Interpol meeting.

Held in individual cells at Whitley Road Detention Centre, these extremists are isolated from one another and follow a daily routine that includes two to four hours of psychological assessments, critical reflection, studying or religious counselling.

When they make sufficient progress in their rehabilitation, they are then released on restriction orders, but they continue to be monitored regularly.
This structured programme to convince them to renounce violent extremism is one of a kind, according to the report which looks at strategies to counter the terror threat in five countries.

'It is a long-term, resource-intensive programme with perpetual follow-up,' said the report, titled Risk Reduction For Countering Violent Extremism, which also looked at Indonesia, Northern Ireland, Britain and France.

The report was published by the Qatar International Academy for Security Studies (QIASS) and released at the Interpol General Assembly in Doha, where combating terrorism is a key discussion topic for police and security chiefs present.

Life of terror detainees