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Combatting the Financing of Terrorism

On March 21, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN, gave an intervention during the Security Council’s Open Debate on “Threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts: combatting the financing of terrorism."

In the statement, Archbishop Auza said that terrorism, which has become almost commonplace today, must be condemned and fought in all its forms and manifestations. Terrorists must be denied all means to facilitate their activities — finances, arms, ammunition, cyberspace — and those who abet their violent extremism must be held accountable, he said. Terrorists’ links with transnational organized crime and various criminal networks must be broken, he added, and the poverty and misery that can be manipulated to recruit terrorists must be addressed. In fighting terrorism, he emphasized, human rights, the rule of law and international humanitarian law must be scrupulously respected, and the humanitarian activities of charitable organizations to prevent terrorism and care for victims must be fostered.

The statement can be found here.