Statement at a Third Committee on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms While Countering Terrorism

Stephanie Greene
Third Committee Advisor
New York, New York
October 13, 2021

Statement at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms While Countering Terrorism, Dr. Fionnuala D. Ní Aoláin


Thank you Mr. Chair. The United States firmly believes that human rights must be one of the fundamental pillars of a nation’s counterterrorism strategy. Our commitment to promoting and protecting civil rights and civil liberties is one of the most powerful counterterrorism tools available.

The United States prioritizes a whole of government, whole of society approach to preventing and countering terrorism and violent extremism that promotes the rule of law and human rights.

In July, the United States released its first-ever National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism to improve the U.S. government’s response.

Our global responses must be able to detect and address evolving threats from ISIS and al-Qa’ida, their affiliates, and other racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists at home.

We must also remain adaptive in the face of new threats and consistent with our international obligations and commitments, including international human rights law.

We will continue to work closely with allies, partners, and multilateral organizations to ensure a focused, comprehensive, and coordinated effort and build capacity where needed to counter and prevent violent extremism.

Special Rapporteur, how should we develop our integrated approaches to promote and protect human rights and maximize effectiveness in this new era of countering terrorism?

I thank you for your time.