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UN Resolution prioritizes human rights in countering terrorism

The 193-member UN General Assembly concluded its 8th biannual review process of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy (GCTS) in New York.

New York, 26 June, 2023 (GNP): Pakistan has adopted the UN resolution that incorporates human rights and the rule of law as the basis for fighting terrorism.

This week the 193-member UN General Assembly concluded its 8th biannual review process of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy (GCTS) in New York.

The resolution emphasizes the significance of four key pillars essential to developing a comprehensive global strategy to defeat terrorism.

Alongside demanding respect for human rights and the rule of law, the resolution addresses the need to tackle the root causes that contribute to terrorism’s proliferation.

In his opening remarks, Csaba Kőrösi, the UN General Assembly President stated, “Terrorism is a destructive wildfire, fuelled by hatred.”

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While pointing to the transformative potential of the “Global Strategy” which provides a framework and defines solutions, he underlined  “Terrorism is not only a war on people but a war on our minds. Let us rise above it.”

Along with preventing and combating the scourge of terrorism, the resolution also stresses the strengthening of states’ capacity while reinforcing the pivotal role of the United Nations in these endeavors.

According to the recent UN report, Pakistan is at the forefront of the fight against terrorism, having paid a heavy price with a loss of 80,000 lives, said a Pakistani representative. “Spoilers in our neighborhood continue to target us,” he added.

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Additionally, he called upon United Nations especially the security council to resolve long-standing unresolved conflicts and foreign occupations.

“There is a continued campaign to portray struggles for self-determination and national liberation as terrorism to justify the oppression of people under foreign occupation,” he said.

Furthermore, Pakistan urged the international community to condemn acts of incitement and hatred, to convey a resolute message that terrorism against Muslims would not be tolerated.

On the other hand, The UN report also included remarks from an Indian representative, who has a different opinion of the draft resolution circulated by the co-facilitators, including Pakistan.

While expressing his views, Tunisia’s representative said, even if states share different views of certain aspects of the document, they stand together against terrorism and violent extremism.

“Countering terrorism is a priority we all share, and only together we can face such a global threat,” he underscored.