Remarks on A/C.3/72/L.44/Rev.1 on Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms while Countering Terrorism

Mordica Simpson
ECOSOC Advisor
United States
New York City
November 17, 2017


We do not recognize any obligation under international human rights law to prevent terrorism or protect individuals from terrorist attacks, but urge all states to comply with their applicable international legal obligations while countering terrorism. In this regard, we note that different bodies of international law may be applicable to states’ efforts to counter terrorism depending on the circumstances. We also believe the new report called for in this resolution is not an effective or appropriate use of limited resources, given the many reports that already exist on this topic.