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UN: Secretary General releases recommendations for a global counter-terrorism strategy

On 2 May, Secretary General Kofi Annan released his recommendations for a global counter-terrorism strategy, building on the “five Ds” outlined at the Madrid Summit in March 2005 –(1) dissuading people from resorting to terrorism or supporting it, (2) denying terrorists the means to carry out an attack, (3) deterring States from supporting terrorism, (4) […]

UN: Independent experts call for Guantánamo Bay to be closed

On 16 February, five UN independent investigators issued a joint report on the detention centre in Guantánamo Bay, urging the US to close it down and either bring all detainees before an independent and competent tribunal or release them. The UN Secretary General and the European Parliament immediately echoed the call for the closure of […]

UN Secretary-General calls for adoption of a comprehensive terrorism convention

In his report “In Larger Freedom: Towards Development, Security and Human Rights for All”, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has endorsed the definition of terrorism of the High Level Panel he had convened and called on the member states to agree on such a definition in a comprehensive convention on terrorism. He also stressed that respect […]

UN Secretary General: human rights and the rule of law essential in fight against terror

In a message delivered through the Executive Director of the CTC Executive Directorate at a Terrorism Conference in Saudi Arabia, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan emphasised the importance of human rights and the rule of law in the fight against terror.