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Anti-terror fight should be conducted within laws: UN expert

12-02-2010 11:36 BJT

UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- The global anti-terrorism fight should be conducted according to the rule of law while taking into account the human rights, a UN expert told reporters here Wednesday.

"We believe that in the long term terrorism will only be defeated if we do so according to the rule of law and with appropriate respect for human rights," Mike Smith, who is the executive director of the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), said at a press conference here.

"If you don't consider law and human rights, you threaten to alienate the origin of communities, maybe just perpetuate the problem and contribute to the recruitment of terrorists," Smith said.

"To bring prosecutors to justice international cooperation is critical," he said.

However, Smith declined to comment on the situation in any specific country.

The Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) is tasked with monitoring implementation of Resolution 1373, which requests countries to implement a number of measures intended to enhance their legal and institutional ability to counter terrorist activities at home, in their regions and around the world. The Committee comprises all 15 Security Council members.

The Committee is part of the UN which allows it to easily bring professionals together to brainstorm on a particular subject, Smith said.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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