International terrorism can only be defeated by effective law enforcement and the consistent application of human rights principles.
That is the message of the Council of Europe in its tribute to the victims of the 11 September 2001 attack on the United States of America.
The joint statement by Chairman of the Committee of Ministers Kostyantyn Gryshchenko, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland and Parliamentary Assembly President Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, describes terrorism as an attack against “humanity.”
It adds: “The purpose of terrorism is to induce fear and to create divisions. Our response must be based on human rights, democracy and the rule of law. Terrorists are set to destroy these fundamental values and by protecting them, we make terrorists fail.
“We reiterate our firm determination to continue fighting international terrorism, through strengthening the international legal framework, addressing the causes of terrorism and safeguarding the respect for fundamental values shared by the member states of the Council of Europe.”
This last point is underlined by Albina Ovcearenco (photo), a Council of Europe anti-terrorism expert, in a podcast interview in which she discusses the organisation’s approach to anti-terrorism and the impact of the death of Osama Bin Laden.
Podcast: Interview with Albina Ovcearenco
Part 2: Interview with Albina Ovcearenco
Part 3: Interview with Albina Ovcearenco
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