UK urges UN sanctions to counter terrorism in Africa

In a statement by Ambassador James Kariuki at the UN Security Council debate on counter-terrorism, the UK has called for greater use of UN sanctions regimes to counter terrorism in Africa.

Kariuki said: "President, as we have heard, the terrorist threat is increasingly transnational and opportunistic, exploiting existing tensions in society. So the international community’s response needs to make the most of all of our expertise and capacity, adapted to different regional contexts as necessary. Let me highlight three priorities."

The first priority is to ensure that Regional Economic Communities-led missions have robust compliance and accountability measures, to make sure that they do not feed the terrorists' own narratives.

Second is the encouragement of greater use of UN sanctions regimes on the continent of Africa, whilst ensuring continued delivery of humanitarian assistance to states responding to crises.

The third priority is a call for counter terrorism efforts to be holistic, not just military-focussed. Counter-Terrorism and Counter Violent Extremism efforts must uphold the protection of human rights, the inclusion of civil society, and the meaningful participation of women, in order to be effective.

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