United Nations


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

20 December 1993


                                                   85th plenary meeting
                                                   20 December 1993
                        Human rights and terrorism
      The General Assembly,
      Guided by the principles embodied in the Charter of the United Nations,
the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenants on
Human Rights,
      Bearing in mind that the most essential and basic human right is the
right to life,
      Bearing in mind the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, adopted
by the World Conference on Human Rights, held at Vienna from 14 to 25 June
      Reiterating that all Member States have an obligation to promote and
protect human rights and fundamental freedoms, and also that every individual
should strive to secure their universal and effective recognition and
      Seriously concerned at the gross violations of human rights perpetrated
by terrorist groups,
      Profoundly deploring the increasing number of innocent persons,
including women, children and the elderly, killed, massacred and maimed by
terrorists in indiscriminate and random acts of violence and terror, which
cannot be justified under any circumstances,
      Noting with great concern the growing connection between the terrorist
groups and the illegal traffic in arms and drugs,
      Mindful of the need to protect human rights of and guarantees for the
individual in accordance with the relevant international human rights
principles and instruments, particularly the right to life,
      1.    Unequivocally condemns all acts, methods and practices of
terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, wherever and by whomever
committed, as activities aimed at the destruction of human rights, fundamental
freedoms and democracy, threatening the territorial integrity and security of
States, destabilizing legitimately constituted Governments, undermining
pluralistic civil society and having adverse consequences on the economic and
social development of States;
      2.    Calls upon States, in accordance with international standards of
human rights, to take all necessary and effective measures to prevent, combat
and eliminate terrorism;
      3.    Urges the international community to enhance cooperation in the
fight against the threat of terrorism at national, regional and international
      4.    Requests the Secretary-General to transmit the text of the present
resolution to all Member States and to competent specialized agencies and
intergovernmental organizations;
      5.    Decides to consider this question at its forty-ninth session under
the item entitled "Human rights questions".