Remarks on an Amendment to a Third Committee Resolution on Human Rights and Terrorism

Ambassador Kelley Currie
U.S. Representative for Economic and Social Affairs
U.S. Mission to the United Nations
New York City
November 20, 2018


The United States calls for an amendment to delete OP14. We are concerned that language in this paragraph is contradictory to U.S. law, which does not permit U.S. assistance to be provided to individuals or groups that are involved in the material support of terrorism. We wish to make clear that we support the vital role humanitarian actors should continue to have in alleviating the suffering of those who are displaced and otherwise victimized by terrorism. But we stress that there is no obligation under international law that countries allow the unrestricted delivery of humanitarian or other assistance to terrorist groups or individual terrorists, or that countries allow the provision of support to terrorist groups or individual terrorists for any purported humanitarian or other activities they may pursue.