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Slovenian EU Presidency advocates respect for human rights in fight against terrorism

In the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership seminar, the Slovenian EU Presidency underlined that international law – both human rights and humanitarian law – must be respected in the fight against terrorism.

More than one hundred participants are attending the EuroMed Seminar on the Respect of Human Rights and International Standards in the Field of Counter-Terrorism held on 16 and 17 June in Prague. They include renowned international experts, such as Riina Kionka, Personal Representative of the SG/HR on human rights, Gilles de Kerchove, EU Counterterrorism Coordinator, and Martin Scheinin, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights while countering terrorism.

On behalf of the Slovenian Presidency, an address was given by Ms Anita Pipan, Director General of the Directorate for Policy Planning and Multilateral Political Relations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who also led the plenary session. She emphasised that the respect for international law alone is the guarantee for an effective fight against terrorism: successful anti-terrorist measures and the respect for human rights should not contradict but rather complement and consolidate one another. 

The seminar organised by the European Commission and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic under the auspices of the Slovenian EU Presidency is the third event during the Presidency focusing on the debate on combating terrorism among EuroMed partners.


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Date: 16.06.2008