Minister of Justice of France addresses the Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee on "The importance of the rule of law in countering the current terrorist threat"
In an open briefing of the Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee on 10 February 2015, the Minister of Justice of France, H.E. Christiane Taubira participated in an interactive session on "The importance of the rule of law in countering the current terrorist threat." Following an opening statement by the Chair of the Committee, H.E. Ambassador Raimonda Murmokaité, Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the United Nations, and opening remarks by Executive Director of the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), Jean-Paul Laborde, the Minister delivered her passionate speech.
"Our principal task is to ensure that the world does not come undone," underlined the Minister. "Our response [to terrorist acts] needs to be based on the respect for the rule of law and solidarity in action."
The Minister also outlined France's four pillars of countering terrorism, which include modernised penal legislation, a government action plan to dismantle terrorist networks, a diversified state answer in terms of public policies, and a rigorous analysis of the phenomenon of indoctrination.
"We have to build peace, and peace is built through law. We have to build peace through law because recent situations in several countries have taught us that it is not enough to win a war to achieve peace," said the Minister.
In his opening remarks, Executive Director Laborde underscored that the terrorist threat must be countered within a rule of law framework and according to the proportionality principle. "Otherwise, in what name are we standing up to terrorism?" he asked.
Following a lively interaction with representatives of Member States, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Jan Eliasson emphasized the need for the international community to speak with one voice, letting every terrorist organisation know that "The world stands united in withstanding your atrocities."
- The speech by H.E. Minister Christiane Taubira is available here: [LINK]
- The opening statement by CTC Chair H.E. Ambassador Murmokaité can be found here: [LINK]
- The remarks by the Deputy Secretary-General are available here: [LINK]
- The statement by Executive Director of CTED Laborde can be found here: [LINK]