Madrid (2007) (excerpts)

Madrid 2007 (Ministerial Statement on Supporting the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy) (excerpts)


3. We recognize the leading role of the United Nations in the international efforts against terrorism
and support the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy adopted on 8 September 2006
by the UN General Assembly, which we look upon as providing guidance for OSCE counter-
terrorism activities, since the Strategy outlines a comprehensive global approach towards
countering terrorism by addressing not only its manifestations, but also the conditions conducive
to its spread, within a framework based on human rights and the rule of law and complying
with all obligations under international law, in particular international human rights
law, refugee law and humanitarian law.

4. We recall the comprehensive global approach of the Strategy towards countering terrorism
by addressing not only its manifestations, but also the conditions conducive to its spread, including
but not limited to, prolonged unresolved conflicts, dehumanization of victims of terrorism
in all its forms and manifestations, lack of rule of law and violations of human rights,
ethnic, national and religious discrimination, political exclusion, socio-economic marginalization
and lack of good governance, while recognizing that none of these conditions can excuse
or justify acts of terrorism.

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6. We recall the commitment to implement all UN Security Council resolutions related to
international terrorism, recognizing that many States continue to require assistance in their
implementation.

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8. (…) The OSCE, in particular its participating States (…) will continue to implement counter-
terrorism commitments and could focus, albeit not exclusively, on the following activities:

9. The OSCE will continue promoting the international legal framework against terrorism, in
particular the universal anti-terrorism conventions and protocols, encouraging participating
States to become parties to them and to implement their obligations under these instruments;

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17. The OSCE will continue its activities in countering violent extremism and radicalization
that lead to terrorism. Intolerance and discrimination must be addressed and countered
by the OSCE’s participating States and OSCE’s executive structures within their respective
mandates. The Permanent Council, with the support of the Secretariat and institutions, will
consider in 2008 how the OSCE, with a multidimensional approach, could contribute to the
development of a better understanding of the phenomena of violent extremism and radicalization
that lead to terrorism, through sharing of national experiences;

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