Human rights "unquestionably" part of solution to fighting terrorism: UN chief

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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré (file)

Respect for human rights and the rule of law are key to fighting terrorism, the UN Secretary-General said on Thursday.

Dianne Penn reports on the speech António Guterres delivered at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, in the UK capital.

Last year, more than 25,000 people died and another 33,000 were injured as a result of terrorist attacks around the world, the UN Secretary-General reported.

And while the spotlight tends to focus on incidents in the West, he recalled that the majority of these attacks occur in developing countries.

Mr Guterres underscored the link between terrorism and the denial of basic rights.

"Although the drivers of radicalization to violence varied from country to country and even within countries, terrorism draws strength from resentment, humiliation, lack of education. Terrorism thrives when disenfranchised people meet nothing but indifference and nihilism. It is deeply rooted in hopelessness and despair. That is why human rights, all human rights–political and civil rights, but also economic, social and cultural rights–are unquestionably a part of the solution in fighting terrorism.”

The UN chief outlined five key counter-terrorism priorities.

They include stronger international cooperation, a focus on prevention, upholding human rights and the rule of law, and listening to victims.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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