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Resolution 2133

Threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts

Abstract

S/RES/2133 (2014)
Security Council Distr.: General
27 January 2014
14-21793 (E)
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Resolution 2133 (2014)
Adopted by the Security Council at its 7101st meeting, on
27 January 2014
The Security Council,
Reaffirming that terrorism in all forms and manifestations constitutes one of
the most serious threats to international peace and security and that any acts of
terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable regardless of their motivations, whenever
and by whomsoever committed and further reaffirming the need to combat by all
means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, threats to international
peace and security caused by terrorist acts,
Recalling all its relevant resolutions and Presidential Statements concerning
threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts,
Reiterating the obligation of Member States to prevent and suppress the
financing of terrorist acts,
Recalling relevant international counter-terrorism instruments, including the
International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and the
International Convention against the Taking of Hostages,
Strongly condemning incidents of kidnapping and hostage-taking committed by
terrorist groups for any purpose, including raising funds or gaining political
concessions,
Expressing concern at the increase in incidents of kidnapping and hostagetaking
committed by terrorist groups with the aim of raising funds, or gaining
political concessions, in particular the increase in kidnappings by Al-Qaida and its
affiliated groups, and underscoring that the payment of ransoms to terrorists funds
future kidnappings and hostage-takings which creates more victims and perpetuates
the problem,
Expressing its determination to prevent kidnapping and hostage-taking
committed by terrorist groups and to secure the safe release of hostages without
ransom payments or political concessions, in accordance with applicable
international law and, in this regard, noting the work of the Global Counterterrorism
Forum (GCTF), in particular its publication of several framework documents and
good practices, including in the area of kidnapping for ransom, to complement the
work of the relevant United Nations counter-terrorism entities,
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Recognizing the need to further strengthen efforts to support victims and those
affected by incidents of kidnapping for ransom and hostage-taking committed by
terrorist groups and to give careful consideration to protecting the lives of hostages
and those kidnapped, and reaffirming that States must ensure that any measures
taken to counter terrorism comply with their obligations under international law, in
particular international human rights law, refugee law, and international
humanitarian law, as appropriate,
Noting the decision of the Group of Eight Summit in Lough Erne to address
the threat posed by kidnapping for ransom by terrorists and the preventive steps the
international community can take in this regard and to encourage further expert
discussion, including at the Roma Lyon group, to deepen understanding of this
problem, and further noting that paragraph 225.6 of the Final Document of the
16th Summit of the Heads of State or Government of the Non-Aligned Movement
condemned criminal incidences of hostage-taking with resultant demands for
ransoms and/or other political concessions by terrorist groups,
Expressing its commitment to support efforts to reduce terrorist groups’ access
to funding and financial services through the ongoing work of United Nations
counter-terrorism bodies and the Financial Action Task Force to improve anti-money
laundering and terrorist financing frameworks worldwide,
Expressing concern at the increased use, in a globalized society, by terrorists
and their supporters of new information and communication technologies, in
particular the Internet, for the purposes of recruitment and incitement to commit
terrorist acts, as well as for the financing, planning and preparation of their
activities,
Recalling its resolutions 1904 (2009), 1989 (2011) and 2083 (2012), which,
inter alia, confirm that the requirements of operative paragraph 1 (a) of these
resolutions, also apply to the payment of ransoms to individuals, groups,
undertakings or entities on the Al-Qaida sanctions list,
Reaffirming that acts, methods, and practices of terrorism are contrary to the
purposes and principles of the United Nations and that knowingly financing,
planning and inciting terrorist acts are also contrary to the purposes and principles
of the United Nations,
1. Reaffirms its resolution 1373 (2001) and in particular its decisions that
all States shall prevent and suppress the financing of terrorist acts and refrain from
providing any form of support, active or passive, to entities or persons involved in
terrorist acts, including by suppressing recruitment of members of terrorist groups
and eliminating the supply of weapons to terrorists;
2. Further reaffirms its decision in resolution 1373 (2001) that all States
shall prohibit their nationals or any persons and entities within their territories from
making any funds, financial assets or economic resources or financial or other
related services available, directly or indirectly, for the benefit of persons who
commit or attempt to commit or facilitate or participate in the commission of
terrorist acts, of entities owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by such persons
and of persons and entities acting on behalf of or at the direction of such persons;
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3. Calls upon all Member States to prevent terrorists from benefiting
directly or indirectly from ransom payments or from political concessions and to
secure the safe release of hostages;
4. Calls upon all Member States to cooperate closely during incidents of
kidnapping and hostage-taking committed by terrorist groups;
5. Reaffirms its decision in resolution 1373 (2001) that all States shall
afford one another the greatest measure of assistance in connection with criminal
investigations or criminal proceedings relating to the financing or support of
terrorist acts;
6. Recognizes the need to continue expert discussions on kidnapping for
ransom by terrorists, and calls upon Member States to continue such expert
discussions within the United Nations and other relevant international and regional
organizations, including the GCTF, on additional steps the international community
could take to prevent kidnappings and to prevent terrorists from benefiting directly
or indirectly from using kidnapping to raise funds or gain political concessions;
7. Notes that ransom payments to terrorist groups are one of the sources of
income which supports their recruitment efforts, strengthens their operational
capability to organize and carry out terrorist attacks, and incentivizes future
incidents of kidnapping for ransom;
8. Encourages the Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) established
pursuant to resolution 1373 (2001) to hold, with the assistance of appropriate
expertise, a Special Meeting with the participation of Member States and relevant
international and regional organizations to discuss measures to prevent incidents of
kidnapping and hostage-taking committed by terrorist groups to raise funds or gain
political concessions, and requests the CTC to report to the Council on the outcomes
of this Meeting;
9. Recalls the adoption by the GCTF of the “Algiers Memorandum on Good
Practices on Preventing and Denying the Benefits of Kidnapping for Ransom by
Terrorists” and encourages CTED to take it into account, as appropriate, consistent
with its mandate, including in its facilitation of capacity building to Member States;
10. Calls upon all Member States to encourage private sector partners to
adopt or to follow relevant guidelines and good practices for preventing and
responding to terrorist kidnappings without paying ransoms;
11. Calls upon all Member States to cooperate and engage in dialogue with
all relevant United Nations counter-terrorism bodies, as appropriate, to improve
their capacities to counter the financing of terrorism, including from ransoms;
12. Encourages the Monitoring Team of the 1267/1989 Al-Qaida Sanctions
Committee and the Committee established pursuant to resolution 1988 (2011) and
other relevant United Nations counter-terrorism bodies to cooperate closely when
providing information on the measures taken by Member States on this issue and on
relevant trends and developments in this area;
13. Decides to remain seized of this matter.

Topics
International Peace and Security, Terrorism
Year
2014
Title
Threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts
Related with resolutions
1373 1904 1988 1989 2083
Quoted in resolutions
2140 2160 2161 2164 2165 2170 2195 2227 2249 2253 2255 2322 2364 2368 2374
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