“Stop the rhetoric on promising rights, development and gender equality, and deliver on that promise. If your promises stay empty, you lose the trust of the people,” warned ICAN’s Founder and CEO, Sanam Naraghi Anderlini, MBE, during a high level session of the UN’s 2020 Virtual Counter-Terrorism Week. Speaking alongside Professor Ni Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, Ambassador Pascale Baeriswyl, Switzerland’s Permanent Representative to the UN and Ambassador Nicolas de Rivière, Permanent Representative of France to the UN in a session on Protecting and promoting Human Rights as a cornerstone of building resilience against terrorism, Ms. Anderlini noted “making the promise and commitments in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights real, would be transformative for humanity. This is the best means of countering terrorism and extremism.” As proof she offered the solutions being implemented locally by women peacebuilders, members of the Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL). But she also warned, “On our watch, in our generation, we are seeing ethnic cleansing being normalized…there is an absence of global moral leadership.. a division between power and responsibility – with the most powerful abrogating their responsibilities for the wellbeing of others. We cannot speak of countering terrorism without speaking of the state sponsors and fomenters of these ideologies.” 

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