Address of High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova

10 April 2017

International terrorism

St. Petersburg, Stockholm, Tanta — the victims are multiplying every day, the mournful death-roll grows. Today international terrorism represents the most terrible threat to the security and stability in the world, the social and economic development of all countries. It tramples on the fundamental values on which the development of free societies is based. It deprives people of the most inalienable right — the right to life.

I strongly condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations as a crime that has no justification, irrespective of the motives as well as when, where and by whom terrorist acts are committed.

Terrorist attacks are aimed at breaking the mutual understanding of civilizations, cultures and peoples. Especially, it is worth emphasizing that attempts to identify terrorism with any nation, culture and religion play into the hands of the terrorists themselves.

Obviously, in order to confront the terrorist threat, it is necessary to unite the efforts of the entire world community, since any country in the world is a potential target of terrorist attacks.
International terrorism is not almighty: the religious strife, poverty of the Third World and arrogance of the Golden Billion — these are its origins. If all who oppose this plague of the XXI century cannot unite and continue to work together in the spirit of openness, mutual trust and cooperation, the blood will continue to flow.

The duty to future generations obliges us to find ways of cooperation in order to investigate and prosecute those who provide support or assistance, participate in the financing, planning, preparation or implementation of terrorist acts.

Counter- terrorism requires the assistance and support of the entire civil society, which is the most effective weapon and is capable of preventing the spread of intolerance.

Entering into a fatal battle with the dragon of terrorism we must remain human, those who put the concepts of charity and compassion above all the benefits in the world. After all, the respect for human rights and freedoms is the only historically proven way to survive of mankind at large.

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