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Terrorism can be fought through better cooperation

The Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE) publishes a Declaration on the fight against terrorism
Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE) Strasbourg 20 November 2015
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Shocked by the number and severity of recent terrorist attacks throughout the world;

Expressing the deepest compassion with the victims of these attacks and solidarity with their families;

Having in mind that terrorism is a severe threat to democracy, freedom and human rights;

Recalling that prosecutors are in the front line to fight terrorism within the framework of their competences and emphasising their determination to make the maximum efforts to ensure respect for life, of the rule of law and of human rights;

the Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE):

1. calls upon prosecutors to improve their fight against terrorism by enhancing their international co-operation, by sharing information and by promoting effective contacts between competent authorities;

2. calls upon prosecutors and all member States, while combatting terrorism, to act in conformity with the European Convention on Human Rights and the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights;

3. urges member States to ensure the necessary means for effective investigations and prosecutions and to consider additional national and international legal frameworks, as well as specialised training for prosecutors, for countering the severe threat of terrorism;

4. calls upon member States to ratify the Additional Protocol to the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism (STCE N°217).