I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union. The EU wishes to thank the Special Rapporteur for her report and her presentation here today.
The EU would like to reiterate what the Secretary-General stated on the first day of the session: national sovereignty cannot be a pretext for violating human rights and efforts to combat terrorism must not compromise human rights. Your report builds on those messages, while focusing on the specific issue of violent extremism.
The EU shares many of the concerns expressed in the report. Firstly, policies aimed at preventing and countering violent extremism must never be used to stifle peaceful political dissidence, criticism or non-violent protest. Secondly, the principles of legality, proportionality, necessity and non-discrimination must always be respected. Thirdly, it is important to take into account the broader conditions conducive to violent extremism and terrorism, including weak governance, human rights violations, poor rule of law and corruption, as well as underlying factors such as conflict, poverty, proliferation of arms and state fragility.
We call upon all states to cooperate with the mandate and respond positively to your requests. We also hear your call for more resources.
Lastly the EU fully shares your concerns with regard to the draft report of the Advisory Committee on the concept of “effects of terrorism” and notes your intention to continue working on the rights of victims of terrorism.
Madam Special Rapporteur,
Your report contains many interesting ideas that need to be further examined. You mention that repressive approaches by governments are an important push factor towards violent extremism. Could you expand further on this point?