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BRICS states urge to avoid selective approach to combating terrorism — declaration

July 09, 2015, 18:16 UTC+3
"We condemn [...] violations of international humanitarian law committed by the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Al-Nusrah Front and associated terrorist groups", final declaration says
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MOSCOW, July 9. /TASS/. Leaders of the BRICS group (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) have condemned terrorist activity of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, says the final Declaration of the BRICS Summit adopted on Thursday.

"We condemn in the strongest terms terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, the continued, widespread and grave abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law committed by the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Al-Nusrah Front and associated terrorist groups, and in particular the persecution of individuals and communities on the basis of their religion or ethnicity, as well all forms of violence against civilians, particularly women and children," the document says.

The BRICS leaders also stated, "We reiterate our strong condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and stress that there can be no justification, whatsoever, for any acts of terrorism, whether based upon ideological, religious, political, racial, ethnic, or any other justification." "We are determined to consistently strengthen our cooperation in preventing and countering international terrorism."

"We stress that the UN has a central role in coordinating international action against terrorism, which must be conducted in accordance with international law, including the UN Charter, international refugee and humanitarian law, human rights and fundamental freedoms," the Declaration says.

"We believe that terrorist threats can be effectively addressed through a comprehensive implementation by states and the international community of all their commitments and obligations arising from all relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council and the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. We call upon all states and the international community to adhere to their commitments and obligations and in this regard to resist political approaches and selective application," the Declaration says.

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