Security Council ‘Unequivocally’ Condemns ISIL Terrorist Attacks, Unanimously Adopting Text that Determines Extremist Group Poses ‘Unprecedented’ Threat

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Publication Date 20/11/2015
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In a unanimous vote the Security Council of the United Nations adopted a Resolution on the 20 November 2015 that the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant/Sham (ISIL/ISIS) constituted an 'unprecedented' threat to international peace and security, calling upon Member States with the requisite capacity to take 'all necessary measures' to prevent and suppress its terrorist acts on territory under its control in Syria and Iraq.

The Security Council unequivocally condemned the terrorist attacks perpetrated by ISIL — also known as Da’esh — on 26 June 2015 in Sousse, on 10 October 2015 in Ankara, on 31 October 2015 over the Sinaï Peninsula, on 12 November 2015 in Beirut and on 13 November 2015 in Paris, among others.

The 15-member body condemned in the strongest terms ISIL’s gross, systematic and widespread abuses of human rights, as well as its destruction and looting of cultural heritage. Those who committed, or were otherwise responsible for, terrorist acts or human rights violations must be held accountable. By other terms, the Council urged Member States to intensify their efforts to stem the flow of foreign terrorist fighters into Iraq and Syria, and to prevent and suppress the financing of terrorism.

France’s representative, recalling that Da’esh had perpetrated an act of war against his country on 13 November 2015, said the vote signalled recognition of the threat’s exceptional nature. The fight against terrorism could only be effective if combined with a political transition that would eliminate Da’esh, he said, adding that France had obtained activation of the European Union’s mutual solidarity clause.

The Russian Federation’s representative said the unanimous vote was a step towards the creation of a broad anti-terrorism front aimed at eradicating root causes.

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