Qatar Reiterates Continuous Cooperation with Relevant UN Counter-Terrorism Agencies

Geneva, March 14 (QNA) – The State of Qatar reiterated its commitment to continue cooperating with relevant UN counter-terrorism agencies and its condemnation of all acts of terrorism, regardless of their motives, justifications, and place.

This came during the statement of the State of Qatar delivered by First Secretary at the Human Rights Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Abdullah Mahdi Al Yami, during the interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism within the framework of 52nd session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Al Yami affirmed that the phenomena of terrorism and violent extremism pose an utmost threat to international peace and security, human rights, and achieving the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

He stressed that the taken policies and measures to counter and combat the two phenomena should not lead to undermining human rights and the rule of law, and should comply with international standards and laws and be consistent with the four pillars of the global counter-terrorism strategy.

He pointed out that the State of Qatar continues to update its counter-terrorism legislations and policies, the last of which was law No. 20 for 2019 on Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism law in line with international standards and in pace with developments concerned with harnessing modern technology to eliminate terrorism and extremism.

He considered the State of Qatar’s hosting of UNOCT International Hub on Behavioral Insights to Counter Terrorism and UNOCT Program Office on Parliamentary Engagement in Preventing and Countering Terrorism as leading projects within the strategic partnership between the State of Qatar and the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT).

Abdullah Al Yami stressed that the support provided by the State of Qatar has enabled the implementation of several initiatives and programs to prevent using modern and emerging technologies for terrorist purposes, including the United Nations Countering Terrorist Travel (‘CT Travel’) and the Global Counter-Terrorism Program on Autonomous and Remotely Operated Systems (AROS Program) to enhance the capabilities of states to counter threats related to counter-terrorism unmanned aerial systems. (QNA)