Action against Terrorism

Implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy

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Council of Europe fully embarked on the implementation of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.

As a regional organisation, the Council of Europe is committed to facilitating the implementation of United Nations (UN) Security Council Resolutions 1373(2001) and 1624(2005) and of the Strategy. It does this by providing a forum for discussing and adopting regional standards and best practice and by providing assistance to its member states in improving their counter-terrorism capabilities.

Ad hoc meeting of the Chairs of relevant committees of the Council of Europe on terrorism, Strasbourg, 25 April 2007.

The meeting, convened at the initiative of the Secretary General, brought together the Chairs and Vice-Chairs of some 15 steering and ad hoc committees and of two monitoring bodies (the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) and the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)), all directly subordinated to the Committee of Ministers. Mr Bruno Gain, as Chair of the Rapporteur Group on Legal Cooperation (GR-J), Mr Dick Marty, as representative of the Parliamentary Assembly, and Mr Manuel Lezertua, as representative of the Office of the Human Rights Commissioner, also attended the event. It resulted in the adoption of a "road map". The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe took note of this document at its meeting on 20 June 2007 and decided to transmit it to relevant intergovernmental committees and monitoring bodies.

Council of Europe firmly committed to improving protection for victims of terrorism

[09/09/08] The Council of Europe addressed the UN Symposium on Supporting Victims of Terrorism (New York, 9 September 2008) to underline that one of the Organisation's priorities in its action against terrorism is its commitment to the needs of victims of terrorist acts and their families. The Council of Europe stressed that constant improvements were needed to the forms of assistance available to victims and that the development of new, innovative approaches was therefore imperative.

UN report on Supporting Victims of Terrorism

Council of Europe addressed the UN General Assembly

Addressing the UN General Assembly's meeting to review the 2006 Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, Manuel Lezertua, CoE Director of Legal Advice and Public International Law emphasised the key role that regional organisations, such as the Council of Europe, have to play in the implementation of the Strategy. Recalling the Council of Europe's three-pronged approach to terrorism (strengthening legal action; safeguarding fundamental values; and addressing the causes of terrorism), he informed the Assembly that the Council of Europe had adopted a road map to ensure that all of the Organisation's relevant bodies took ownership of the Strategy. The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, the Right Honorable Terry Davis, follows very closely the implementation of this road map. Mr Lezertua also underlined that it was important for states to ensure the implementation of existing measures at the same time as developing new measures against the scourge of terrorism.


On 17 December 2009, addressing the Counter-Terrorism Committee’s meeting in New-York, Mr. Manuel Lezertua, CoE’s Jurisconsult and Director of Legal Advice and Public International Law emphasised the key role that regional organisations, such as the Council of Europe, have to play in implementing the UN tools against terrorism. It also explored areas for future cooperation between the CoE and the UN relevant bodies involved in counter-terrorism related issues. The intervention of Mr Lezertua has been followed by a lively debate with the participation of all delegations. In the course of this debate the possibility of joint activities was also suggested.