‘Horrific’ terrorist attacks in Chad and Cameroon condemned by UN Security Council

Internally displaced persons find refuge in Baga Sola, Chad, after Boko Haram attacked their village. Photo: OCHA/Mayanne Munan

12 October 2015 – The members of the UN Security Council have strongly condemned the “horrific” terrorist attacks attributed to Boko Haram, perpetrated on Saturday and Sunday in the towns of Baga Sola, Chad, and Kangaleri, Cameroon, which resulted in a large number of deaths and casualties.

In a press statement , the 15-member Council expressed its deep condolences and sympathy to the families and friends of those killed and injured by these “heinous acts,” as well as to the people and the governments of Chad and Cameroon.

The Council members also reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable regardless of their motivation, wherever and whenever, and by whomsoever committed.

In addition, the Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Chad and Cameroon authorities in this regard.

Furthermore, the Council reminded States that they must ensure that measures taken to combat terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law.


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