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PACE President, addressing new UN global network for parliamentarians, recalls need to uphold human rights when combating terrorism

Rik / Daems / President

PACE President Rik Daems, addressing a new UN network which brings together parliamentarians worldwide to help combat terrorism, has pledged the Assembly’s full support for this initiative – while recalling that the fight against terrorism should always be conducted in line with human rights principles.

The President was speaking by teleconference to a high-level event in Doha to launch a new parliamentary global hub organised by the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), bringing together senior UN officials with leading figures from PACE, the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean, the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, and the CIS Interparliamentary Assembly, as well as host country Qatar.

The President warned that terrorism, together with violent extremism and radicalisation, was – despite relentless efforts – “still alive, still killing and murdering innocent people to create fear and frustration and to destroy the very foundations of our societies”. He recalled the Assembly’s essential role in shaping a democratic response to terrorism, and its efforts to establish an international legal framework to prevent terrorism, as well as support victims.

The President expressed the Assembly’s full support for the new UNOCT “global hub” for parliamentarians, adding: “Combating terrorism should not contradict but complement European values and standards. To combat terrorism while upholding our values and standards might be a difficult task but surely will be the most effective way to sustainable success.”