United States Mission to the United Nation
Office of Press and Public Diplomacy
For Immediate Release
September 28, 2017
Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, delivered remarks at a UN Security Council meeting on threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts. Following a briefing by Ivanovich Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General for the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office, Ambassador Haley outlined terrorists’ increasingly adaptive tactics and urged the United Nations to play a more active role in counterterrorism efforts. She also underscored that human rights must not become a casualty of the fight against terrorism.
“The United States is leading the fight against terrorism in all of its forms. We lead a coalition of states that is successfully liberating territory from ISIS. ISIS is on the run. It is only a matter of time before ISIS loses what is left of the territory they control. The United States is also committed to holding state sponsors of terror accountable, especially the number one state sponsor of terror, Iran. But even as we and our partners step up efforts to defeat terror, the UN has remained mostly on the sidelines. But it doesn’t have to be that way. The UN has a strong foundation to be an effective counterterrorism partner, and that foundation is the Global Counterterrorism Strategy.”
“As the UN strengthens its counterterrorism efforts, respect for human rights is vital. Counterterrorism should never be an excuse for ignoring human rights. The fact is when governments abuse human rights in the name of counterterrorism, the tactics backfire. Abusing human rights actually increases local support for terrorism. Promoting respect for human rights and the rule of law must be a fundamental part of the UN’s work with Member States around the world.”