Security Council urges prevention of terrorists profiting from cross-border crime

New York (UNA-OIC) � The UN Security Council on Tuesday called on all countries as well as international organizations to do more to stop terrorists enriching themselves through cross-border organized crime.

The Council urged UN member states to secure their borders against, investigate and prosecute terrorists and criminals working with them, including by strengthening national, regional and global systems to collect, analyze and exchange information, said a statement read out by Joanna Wronecka, the permanent representative of Poland, which holds the presidency this month.

The 15-member body also called on all member states to use all existing tools, and the resources of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) and the World Customs Organization (WCO), to strengthen international cooperation.

Meanwhile, the Council reminded countries that, in adopting new counter-terrorism measures, they must comply with all their obligations under international law, including human rights law, refugee law and humanitarian law.

Respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law are complementary and mutually reinforcing with effective counter-terrorism measures and are an essential part of a successful counter-terrorism effort, it stressed.

Also in the statement, the Security Council called for better understanding of the links between terrorists and criminal groups which operate across borders, urging UNODC and the Counterterrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) � formed to coordinate the UN’s overall effort � to monitor ties closely.

Source: International Islamic News Agency