According to media reports, seven accomplices of Tunisian-borne French resident Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel—the man who drove a 20-ton truck into Bastille Day crowds in Nice—have been charged with aiding in “murder by a group with terror links” and violating weapons laws “in relation to terror groups.” The existence of such accomplices would seem to contradict initial news reports denying any link with terrorist organizations—a lack of connection that French authorities
Adopted by consensus in 2006
The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy on 8 September 2006. The strategy is a unique global instrument to enhance national, regional and international efforts to counter terrorism.
Its adoption marks the first time that all Member States have agreed to a common strategic and operational approach to fight terrorism, not only sending a clear message that terrorism is unacceptable in all its forms and manifestation
In the movie, Bridge of Spies (based on a true story), Tom Hanks is a lawyer for a convicted communist spy who tells the judge that his client should not be put to death. When the judge, who was clearly of a different mind, asks why he should spare a traitor, Hanks responds, “as insurance” in the event any Americans are captured. Spoiler alert: you may not want to read the last paragraph of this column.
Common sense, some may say, but often not so common, especially when emotion or political
II. The Definition of Terrorism at International Law
Despite its prior exclusive use as a pejorative political term of stigmatization, “terrorism” is increasingly used as a legal term33 and therefore should be accompanied by a discrete meaning. The definition certainly requires something more than “[w]hat looks, smells and kills like terrorism is terrorism.”34
The seven sections in this Part of the Article examine the development of terrorism as a legal concept at international law. Section
Following is the full text of a statement delivered by Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations to the Security Council Open Debate on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement on“Threats to International Peace and Security Caused by Terrorist Acts”
14 April 2016
I have the honor to speak on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).
Allow me at the outset to welcome and thank the Chinese Presidency for its initiative of
(a) To refrain from organizing, instigating, facilitating, financing, encouraging or tolerating terrorist activities and to take appropriate practical measures to ensure that their respective territories are not used for terrorist installations or training camps, or for the preparation or organization of terrorist acts intended to be committed against other States or their citizens;
(b) To ensure the apprehension and prosecution or extradition of perpetrators of terrorist acts, in
A. Brief History of Terrorism through Time
Generally speaking, for hundreds of years “terrorism” has been used as a pejorative term, usually applied to “the other side.” This is the word’s political descriptor role; its significance as a legal term is more recent. 
The root word “terror” (from the Latin “terrere”—“to frighten”) entered Western European languages’ lexicons through French in the fourteenth century and was first used in English in 1528
DEFINING TERRORISM: THE EVOLUTION OF TERRORISM AS A LEGAL CONCEPT IN INTERNATIONAL LAW
Abstract: This Article examines the evolution of the definition of terrorism at international law and tests the widely held view that international law does not provide a definition of terrorism. It contends that by abstracting from the common elements and themes present in the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council resolutions concerning terrorism, and the multi-lateral anti-terrorism
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman has slammed as “unjust”, “ridiculous” and “absurd” a US court ruling against the Islamic Republic over the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States.
On Monday, Hossein Jaberi Ansari described the US court order as “the latest product of the US Judicial system in the race for blindly following Zionist Iranophobic scenarios.”
“The ruling is ludicrous and absurd to the point that it makes a mockery of the principle of justice while further tarnishes the
Firmly determined to eliminate international terrorism in all its forms and manifestations,
Convinced also that the suppression of acts of international terrorism, including those in which States are directly or indirectly involved, is an essential element for the maintenance of international peace and security,
Convinced further that those responsible for acts of international terrorism must be brought to justice,
Stressing the imperative need to further strengthen international
Aimed to contribute to the enhancement of the struggle against international terrorism, a resolution was adopted on December 9, 1994, at the 84th plenary meeting of General Assembly of the United Nations. The resolution was titled as "measures to eliminate international terrorism".
The Declaration on Measures to Eliminate International Terrorism, the text of which was annexed to the resolution, is provided in a series of pieces on our database.
Declaration on Measures to
The bill of obligation of the Government to pursuit the rights of Iranian victims of terrorism in domestic and international courts was delivered to the Presiding Board of the Iranian Parliament.
According to Habilian Association database (Specialized Center of Research on the MKO's Crimes), In the Plenary Session of the Iranian Parliament on Feb 3, 2016, 10 bills were delivered to the Presiding Board one of which was the bill of obligation of the government to pursuit the rights of Iranian
The Islamic State’s exploitation of the Internet and social media continues to bedevil U.S. policymakers, legislators, and tech companies. Problems with State Department efforts to counter Islamic State online propaganda have produced another overhaul of U.S. counter-messaging efforts. A legislative proposal in June 2015 to increase company reporting of online terrorist activity was dropped, but it reappeared after the San Bernardino terrorist attacks. Executive branch pressure on companies to
A recent congressional hearing indicates America cannot defeat global terrorist groups such as Daesh (ISIL) as long as Saudi Arabia sponsors Wahhabism.
Speaking in an early January congressional hearing aired by C-SPAN, Democratic congressman from Georgia, Hank Johnson said, “It is true …that the ideology of ISIL lines up with Wahhabism.”
Congressman Johnson asked participant in the hearing panel Robert Ford, a former US ambassador to Syria, “Is it fair to say that Saudi’s support for the
Iranian government and Ministry of Foreign Affairs are set to prepare a list of countries which are supporting the terrorism and regulate relations with those countries.
The Iranian Parliament (Majlis) on Tuesday voted to approve a motion to deal with foreign governments and international organizations that support terrorism.
The Parliament voted to approve the details of the single-urgency motion, which obliges the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to prepare a list of countries which are
World Against Violence and Extremism resolution calls for inter alia respect for territorial integrity and independence of all countries, unity in fight against violence and extremism, addressing of root causes absorbing women and youth toward extremism and necessity of avoiding hate speech and blaming religions.
Here is the full text of the draft resolution:
A world against violence and violent extremism
The General Assembly,
Guided by the purposes and principles set forth in the
As reported by the Wall Street Journal, France is to consider changing its constitution after terrorist attacks on the country.
On Wednesday, the Socialist government of President François Hollande proposed amending the constitution to allow authorities to strip some natural-born citizens of their nationality if they are convicted of terrorism.
Another amendment would shield state-of-emergency police powers, such as to conduct warrantless searches and order house arrests, from court
China has rebuffed U.S. criticism of its first anti-terrorism law, urging Washington to refrain from applying "double standards" in fighting terrorism.
The response on Wednesday comes after the U.S. raised questions about the impact of China's anti-terrorism law on U.S. companies.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei says drafting the law is "entirely logical and reasonable."
"Terrorism has become a major factor that affects global security; it has become the common enemy of
The Anglo-American legal tradition is in serious trouble if not a single major U.S. politician is willing to suggest that the most effective way to combat international terrorism is through law and the courts.
Terrorism is a crime under the United States code, defined at 18 U.S.C. §§ 2331 and 2332b . It sits just a few subchapters away from piracy, another international crime which is also adjudicated, relatively successfully, by the U.S. legal system. It is probably tough to remember, but
Who created ISIS?
May 16, 2015
Today, the Americans claim that they want to fight against terrorism. This is while they themselves have created the most dangerous terrorist groups which are very large in number. Who created ISIS? They themselves acknowledge that they have played the main role in creating ISIS. Who pitted other small and large groups like ISIS against Iraq, Syria and other areas? Where do the bullets, weapons and dollars that exist in the pockets of these criminal