RESOLUTION ON SUPPORT FOR THE UNITED NATIONS GLOBAL COUNTER-TERRORISM STRATEGY

    1. Stressing its strong and unequivocal condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, committed by whomever, wherever and for whatever purposes, as it constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security,
    2. Rejecting firmly the identification of terrorism with any race, ethnicity, civilization, nationality or religion,
    3. Affirming that the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and its four pillars provide the overall framework for the efforts of the members of the international community to effectively counter terrorism, in accordance with their obligations under international law, including the Charter of the United Nations and relevant international conventions and protocols, in particular human rights law, refugee law and international humanitarian law,
    4. Ensuring the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's support for implementation of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in an integrated manner and in all its aspects,
    5. Highlighting the OSCE's multidimensional approach to counter-terrorism, which corresponds to that of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy,
    6. Noting the Ministerial Statement on Supporting the United Nations Global Counter Terrorism Strategy of 2007, which recognized the leading role of the United Nations in the international efforts against terrorism and recalled the comprehensive approach of the Strategy towards countering terrorism by addressing not only its manifestations, but also the conditions conducive to its spread,
    7. Also noting the Joint Communiqué adopted at the annual high-level meeting of 2007 between the Council of Europe, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the United Nations and Partner Organizations, which welcomed the adoption of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy,
    8. Commending the valuable work that has been undertaken by the OSCE's executive structures in promoting the implementation of the United Nations Global Counter Terrorism Strategy, in particular the Transnational Threats Department, the Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), and the Office of Economic and Environmental Activities, as well as the work of the Forum for Security Co-operation in the fields of non-proliferation and preventing trafficking in small arms, light weapons and ammunitions,
    9. Stressing the need to further strengthen international, regional and sub-regional co operation to effectively prevent and combat terrorism,
    10. Emphasizing that a necessary first step in any effective and comprehensive counter terrorism strategy is to prevent and counter the processes of radicalization that lead individuals and groups to support and resort to terrorist violence in pursuit of whatever might be their motivations and aims,
    11. Reaffirming that the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms for all, as well as upholding the rule of law, should be central to all international, regional and national counter-terrorism strategies and measures, and that effectively countering terrorism and promoting human rights are not conflicting, but complementary and mutually reinforcing goals,
    12. Emphasizing the important role of national parliaments in supporting the implementation of the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy by, inter alia, addressing factors conducive to terrorism and adopting appropriate national legislation to prevent and combat terrorism, in line with relevant international obligations,

The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly:

    1. Calls upon national parliaments of OSCE participating States to support the implementation of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy;
    2. Urges national parliaments of OSCE participating States to strengthen the international legal framework by supporting the ratification of the international conventions and protocols against terrorism and the implementation of their provisions;
    3. Urges national parliaments of OSCE participating States to ensure that the fight against terrorism is conducted within a framework based on the respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law;
    4. Encourages interparliamentary exchange and action among OSCE Parliamentary Assembly members in implementing the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy;
    5. Calls on the OSCE participating States and Partners for Co-operation to actively share best practices and lessons learned in implementing the four pillars of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy;
    6. Calls upon OSCE participating States to implement the Strategy through consistent and long-term efforts that draw on inter-agency co-ordination and public-private partnerships;
    7. Urges OSCE participating States to make every effort to support the conclusion of a United Nations Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism;
    8. Invites OSCE participating States to review their existing and emerging counter terrorism programmes and initiatives, to step up their efforts to implement the Strategy at the international, regional and national levels and to support the work of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task-Force in this regard;
    9. Calls upon the OSCE participating States to engage with relevant OSCE executive structures and to provide funding for the organization of roundtables and training courses on regional, sub-regional and national level approaches to implement the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy to the benefit of counter-terrorism practitioners and other government officials, as well as civil society stakeholders;
    10. Calls upon the OSCE participating States to adopt an OSCE Consolidated Framework For The Fight Against Terrorism.