Condemning acts of terrorism and their impact on innocent civilians and on peace and stability, the United Nations Security Council has emphasised the need for establishing wilful violation of prohibition on financing of terrorist organisations or individual terrorists as serious criminal offenses in national laws and regulations.
In a resolution adopted unanimously on Monday, the 15-member Council further called on UN Member States to share, where appropriate, information about foreign terrorist fighters, individual terrorists and terrorist organisations, bilateral, regional and global law enforcement agencies, in compliance with international and domestic national law and policy.
The adoption of this resolution comes against the backdrop of at-least three major terrorist attacks around the globe this weekend.
Turkey’s capital, Istanbul; Egypt’s capital, Cairo; and Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, each were targets of terrorist bombings and attacks that killed many civilians and injured many more.
Further in the resolution, the Council also called upon countries to consider the possibility of allowing, through appropriate laws and mechanisms, the transfer of criminal proceedings, as appropriate, in terrorist-related cases.
It also called for the enhancing of cooperation to prevent terrorists from benefiting from transnational organised crime as well as to investigate and to build the capacity to prosecute such terrorists and transnational organised criminals working with them.
The adoption of the resolution was followed by a high-level meeting of the Security Council on the theme of ‘international judicial cooperation in countering terrorism’.