Press release - 334(2011)

Council of Europe hosts special UN Security Council meeting on terrorism

Strasbourg, 13.04.2011 – Ten years after the September 11 terrorist attacks, the Council of Europe will host a special meeting of the Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee, bringing together international, regional and subregional organisations,19-21 April in Strasbourg (France).

Aimed at speeding up international efforts to fight terrorism, the three-day meeting will focus on prevention policies, comprehensive and integrated strategies, and the role of law enforcement and the criminal justice system in preventing terrorism.

While group discussions on prevention policies will concentrate on radicalization and incitement, terrorist recruitment and the role of public-private partnerships, the discussions on strategies will focus on national frameworks and inter-agency coordination, communication and international cooperation. Participants will also examine the role of law enforcement and the criminal justice system. Topics on the agenda include identification, analysis and information-sharing; criminalization and prosecution of offences related to terrorism; and safeguards in criminal proceedings.

Counter-Terrorism Committee Chairman Hardeep Singh Puri, Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland and Mike Smith, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and head of the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate, will open the meeting.

Quotes

Chair of the Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee, Hardeep Singh Puri:

“Terrorism is today the greatest threat to international peace and security. The United Nations and its partners are working tirelessly and in a concerted manner to counter this scourge. Just as terrorism is continuously evolving, so should our policies and strategies. Prevention is one important piece of the puzzle”.

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland:

“The threat of terrorism remains acute. The Council of Europe has developed a unique three-pillar approach to fighting terrorism: strengthen the international legal framework, address the causes of terrorism and safeguard fundamental values. Our commitment to the rule of law and human rights is key in this approach”.

Background

    · The 15-member Counter-Terrorism Committee was established by the Security Council in its resolution 1373(2001) adopted under chapter VII of the UN charter, following the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001. The CTC ensures the implementation of resolutions 1373 (2001) and 1624 (2005), calling on member states to take several steps to enhance their legal and institutional capacity to prevent and combat terrorist activities on a national, regional and global basis.

    · As a regional organisation, the Council of Europe is committed to facilitating the implementation of UN Resolutions. The Council of Europe has been strenghtening legal action against terrorism through three main international treaties: the Convention on the Prevention Terrorism, the Convention on Laundering, Search, Seizure and Confiscation of the Proceeds from Crime and on the Financing of Terrorism and the Convention on Cybercrime.

Practical arrangements

    · The meeting will take place in Room 1 (Palais de l’Europe) and will be open to the press from 9.45 am to 11.30 am. The opening will be webcast live on the Council of Europe website.

    · A press briefing is scheduled at 11.30 am on Tuesday 19 April. Interviews can be organised with participants during the three days.

    · Media representatives who are not yet accredited with the Council of Europe are kindly invited to get an accreditation by contacting the Directorate of Communication: Danielle.Schreiber-Somoza@coe.int, tel. +33 3 88 41 25 44

More information: www.coe.int/terrorism and special file

Press contact:

Estelle Steiner, Media Officer, tel. +33 3 88 41 33 35, mobile +33 6 08 46 01 57, estelle.steiner@coe.int

Council of Europe Directorate of Communication
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 41 25 60
Fax:+33 (0)3 88 41 39 11

pressunit@coe.int

www.coe.int



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