Don’t Return To Era Of Your Terrorists And My Terrorists


Don't Return To Era Of 'Your Terrorists' And 'My Terrorists': India At UN

TS Tirumurti mentioned the worldwide neighborhood mustn’t neglect that earlier than the 9/11 terror assaults.

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India has cautioned that 20 years after the 9/11 terror assaults, there are makes an attempt once more to divide terrorism into totally different terminologies resembling violent nationalism and proper wing extremism, asserting that the world mustn’t return to the period of “your terrorists” and “my terrorists” however combat the scourge collectively.

Participating within the UN General Assembly debate on adoption of decision on seventh Review of Global Counter Terrorism Strategy (GCTS) on Tuesday, India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador TS Tirumurti mentioned that the worldwide neighborhood has acknowledged that the specter of terrorism is grave and common, and might solely be defeated by collective efforts of all UN member states, with none exception.

“It is only after 9/11 that we accepted that terrorism in one part of the world can directly impact another part of the world and we all came together to fight terrorism collectively,” he mentioned.

The envoy mentioned the worldwide neighborhood mustn’t neglect that earlier than the 9/11 terror assaults, the world was divided into “your terrorists” or “my terrorists”.

Two a long time later, “we are now seeing attempts to divide us once again” by adopting new terminologies underneath the guise of “emerging threats” resembling racially and ethnically-motivated violent extremism, violent nationalism, proper wing extremism, he mentioned.

“I do hope that member states do not forget history and divide terrorism again into different categories and take us back to the era of ”your terrorists” and ”my terrorists” and erase the gains we have had over the last two decades,” Mr Tirumurti mentioned.

He famous that the continued absence of a universally agreed definition of terrorism is “detrimental to our shared goal” of eliminating the worldwide scourge.

“The current strategy fails to resolve the stalemate preventing the adoption of a comprehensive convention on international terrorism, which India has championed,” Mr Tirumurti mentioned.

According to the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism, the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy is a “unique global instrument to enhance national, regional and international efforts to counter terrorism. 

Through its adoption by consensus in 2006, all UN Member States agreed the first time to a common strategic and operational approach to fighting terrorism”.

The UN General Assembly critiques the Strategy each two years, making it a residing doc attuned to member states” counter-terrorism priorities. The General Assembly critiques the Strategy and considers the adoption of a decision on this event, the UN company mentioned.

Mr Tirumurti mentioned the Global Counter Terrorism Strategy was adopted by consensus 15 years in the past and was a serious step ahead in sustaining and reaching worldwide peace and safety.

“It was agreed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations should be condemned, there cannot be any exception or justification for any act of terrorism, regardless of motivations behind such acts, and wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed. It was also recognised that the menace of terrorism cannot be and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilisation or ethnic group,” Mr Tirumurti mentioned.

He mentioned it’s important for all member states to not solely not squander the positive factors of “what we have achieved so far but also ensure that we do not give the slightest opportunity to provide excuses or justification for terrorism, thereby diminishing our collective fight”.

“Justifying terrorism in any way, whether on grounds of religion, ideology, ethnicity or race, will only provide the necessary fodder for terrorists to enhance their activities even more,” he mentioned.

Noting that whereas the matter of spiritual “phobias” finds point out within the present doc, Mr Tirumurti mentioned India is as soon as once more constrained to level out that this itemizing has been selective and confined solely to the three Abrahamic religions.

“This august body has once again failed to acknowledge the rise of hatred and violent terrorist attacks against other religions, inter alia, Buddhism, Sikhism and Hinduism. Further, we need to make a distinction between countries which are pluralistic and those which resort to sectarian violence and trample over minority rights.

“United Nations just isn’t a physique or the discussion board the place member states ought to take sides on religious-phobias, however ought to as an alternative actually foster a tradition primarily based on common rules of humanity and compassion in order that terrorists” narratives are fought collectively,” he said.

The envoy also asserted that success of this strategy will depend only if member states “stroll the speak” by sincerely implementing the provisions and fulfilling their obligations as envisaged in the strategy.

As a victim of cross-border terrorism for several decades, India has been at the forefront of the fight against terrorism and one of the major victims of terrorism. However, it’s time to call out those that blatantly violate global commitments by harbouring terrorists and terrorist entities by willfully giving moral, material, financial and ideological support to these groups, he said.

Mr Tirumurti said the misuse of internet and social media for terrorist propaganda, radicalisation and recruitment of cadre; misuse of new payment methods such as block-chain currencies, payment wallets, crowdfunding platforms for terrorism financing; and misuse of emerging technologies such as drones, 3D printing, Artificial Intelligence, robotics have emerged as the most serious threats of terrorism, which warrants collaborative actions from all member states.

“The worldwide neighborhood must undertake a coverage of zero-tolerance in direction of terrorism. Our collective condemnation of terrorism have to be loud, clear and with none ambiguity,” he mentioned.

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