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17 نوفمبر 2017 2:26 م
UN: Last year at least 11,000 terrorist attacks occurred in more than 100 countries
The United Nations Secretary-General, Counter Terrorism and Human Rights, said: I thank SOAS and Valerie Amos – leading humanitarian, former colleague and good friend – for bringing us together this evening.
And I also want to thank all of you for being here to talk about one of the most difficult and challenging issues of our time: Combating the global threat of terrorism, without compromising our respect for human rights.
Let me be clear from the outset: nothing justifies terrorism - no cause, no grievance -.
Nothing can ever excuse the indiscriminate targeting of civilians, the wanton destruction of lives and livelihoods, and the creation of panic for its own sake.
Terrorism has been unfortunately with us in various forms across ages and continents.
But modern terrorism is being waged on an entirely different scale, and notably its geographic span. No country can claim to be immune.
It has become an unprecedented threat to international peace, security and development.
As conflicts have grown in intensity and number over the past decade, terrorist attacks have increased and spread, destroying societies and destabilizing entire regions.
Last year, at least 11,000 terrorist attacks occurred in more than 100 countries, resulting in more than 25,000 total deaths and 33,000 people injured.
And while the spotlight tends to focus on terrorism in the West, we should never forget that the vast majority of terrorist attacks take place in developing countries.
In 2016, nearly three-quarters of all deaths caused by terrorism were in just five states: Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Nigeria and Somalia.
It was estimated that the global economic impact of terrorism reached US$ 90 billion in 2015, but this cost may be far higher. In 2015, terrorism costs amounted to 17.3% of GDP in Iraq, 16.8% in Afghanistan.
Modern terrorism is not only different in scale, but in nature.
It has grown more complex, with new modus operandi.
How one cannot be horrified by trucks and cars ramming in a peaceful crowd with the intent of maiming and killing? It happened here in the streets of London, but also in Jerusalem, Barcelona, and more recently in New York. How one cannot be shaken to the core by young girls not more than 10 used as human bomb in Maiduguri?
It is an assault on our security, and our very humanity.