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RESOLUTION ON

THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM

    1. Recognizing the leading role played by the United Nations in international efforts to combat terrorism,
    2. Supporting the norms, principles and obligations adopted in the framework of the OSCE, starting with the Helsinki Final Act and including the OSCE Bucharest Plan of Action for Combating Terrorism (2001), the OSCE Charter on Preventing and Combating Terrorism (2002), the Ministerial Statement on Supporting the United Nations Global Counter Terrorism Strategy (2007), Ministerial Decision No. 10/08 on Further Promoting the OSCE's Action in Countering Terrorism, the OSCE Consolidated Framework for the Fight against Terrorism (2012) and other OSCE documents in this area,
    3. Reaffirming the OSCE Strategy to Address Threats to Security and Stability in the Twenty-First Century (2003), in which terrorism is termed one of the most important causes of instability in the security environment,
    4. Having regard to the Astana Commemorative Declaration (2010), in which Heads of State and Government of the OSCE participating States committed themselves to achieving greater unity of purpose and action in facing new and emerging transnational threats, as well as Ministerial Decision No. 2/09 on Further OSCE Efforts to Address Transnational Threats and Challenges to Security and Stability,
    5. Noting in particular the concept adopted by the OSCE of comprehensive, co-operative, equal and indivisible security and its topicality in the context of the fight against terrorism,
    6. Reiterating its unequivocal condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations as well as its categorical rejection of the identification of terrorism with any race, ethnicity, nationality or religion,
    7. Underscoring the need for all measures taken to combat terrorism to comply with the principle of the rule of law and the obligations of international law, including international human rights law, refugee law and humanitarian law,
    8. Expressing support for a resumption of the United Nations negotiation process on the elaboration of a comprehensive convention on international terrorism,
    9. Also expressing concern at the growing threats of terrorism and a radicalization of public opinion in connection with the return of foreign terrorist combatants to their homes from areas of armed conflict,
    10. Also expressing concern at the growing threats of terrorism and a radicalization of public opinion in connection with the upsurge of ultra-nationalist and neo-Nazi movements and their involvement in the removal of lawful authorities in the participating States of the OSCE,
    11. Also expressing concern about the growing tendency to use information and telecommunication technologies, including the Internet and social media, for terrorist purposes, including incitement and financing of terrorism and the recruitment of terrorists,

The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly:

    1. Declares its determination to combat terrorism, the most serious threat to international peace and security;
    2. Calls on the OSCE participating States to bring their national anti-terrorism legislation into line with their international obligations in this area, in accordance with United Nations Security Council resolutions on combating terrorism, comprehensive terrorism conventions and protocols, the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and, where appropriate, the protocols thereto;
    3. Calls on the OSCE participating States to promote co-operation with a view to preventing, suppressing, investigating and punishing acts of terrorism, including through the implementation of comprehensive terrorism conventions and protocols thereto, as well as United Nations resolutions and OSCE obligations concerning the fight against terrorism;
    4. Recommends that the OSCE participating States should consider the possibility of taking additional measures to intensify OSCE efforts to combat the threats of terrorism and a radicalization of public opinion in connection with the return of foreign terrorist combatants to their homes from areas of armed conflict as well as the upsurge of ultra nationalist and neo-Nazi movements;
    5. Calls on the OSCE participating States to continue to take all necessary measures to prevent the use of information and communication technologies for terrorist purposes, including the incitement, planning, preparation, financing or commission of terrorist acts, while ensuring that those measures are in line with national legislation, international law and the political obligations entered into previously in the framework of the OSCE;
    6. Calls for a strengthening of the role of the OSCE in combating terrorism, in accordance with and on the basis of decisions adopted by the Ministerial Council, the Permanent Council and the Forum for Security Co-operation in a wide variety of areas of relevance to the fight against terrorism;
    7. Calls on the OSCE participating States to continue the practice of convening annual OSCE conferences on the fight against terrorism, ensuring that they are properly funded from the OSCE's overall budget;
    8. Calls on the OSCE participating States to devote the next such conference to the issue of combating the threats of terrorism and a radicalization of public opinion in connection with the upsurge of ultra-nationalist and neo-Nazi movements.