In Major Snub To Pak, Commonwealth Law Ministers’ Resolution Says Terror Is Violation Of Human Rights

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In Major Snub To Pak, Commonwealth Law Ministers’ Resolution Says Terror Is Violation Of Human Rights
In Major Snub To Pak, Commonwealth Law Ministers’ Resolution Says Terror Is Violation Of Human Rights

Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad with the Prime Minister of Bahamas Dr Hubert Minnis at the Commonwealth Law Ministers Conference in Nassau (Bahamas)

India successfully moved the issue of terrorism on the agenda of the Commonwealth law ministers' meeting, held from Oct 16-19. The resolution adopted as part of the outcome document is significant as this will serve as the agenda to be discussed at the CHOGM, scheduled in April 2018 in London

NEW DELHI: In an embarrassment to Pakistan, the Commonwealth law ministers' meeting, held in Nassau, the Bahamas, adopted a resolution on Thursday stating that 'terrorism could have no justification, and the acts of terror were the most egregious violation of the human rights of the victims'. 

India had successfully moved the issue of terrorism on the agenda of the Commonwealth law ministers meeting, held from October 16-19, besides other issues of cyber security, data privacy and money laundering.

The resolution adopted as part of the outcome document is significant considering that this will serve as the agenda to be discussed at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting (CHOGM), scheduled in April 2018 in London.

Participating in the discussion on counter-terrorism at the meeting, law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that India had long been a victim of "the most vicious terrorism unleashed from across the border". The acts of terror were the most heinous violation of the human rights of the victims, and any debate on human rights only highlights the rights of the terrorists and perpetrators of terror and not of the victims.

"The non-state terror actors thrived and flourished at the behest of state actors who promoted terrorism," the law minister told the gathering in an oblique reference to Pakistan and urged the Commonwealth community to work together with India in developing global mechanisms to combat terrorism.

Following India's intervention, the Commonwealth law ministers decided to call upon social media platforms to take suo-moto measures to ensure that these platforms are not misused by terrorists, the minister said.