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'Terrorist organisations continue to twist religion to serve their ends'

In order to fight the scourge of international terrorism, the United Nations has launched a new framework to combat the same and coordinate efforts across the peace and security, humanitarian, human rights and sustainable development sectors.The framework has been termed as the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact. It is an agreement between the UN chief, 36 organizational entities, the International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL) and the World Customs Organisation, with the aim of better serve the needs of Member States when it comes to tackling the scourge of international terrorism. 
 Guterres, addressing the first meeting of the Compact's Coordination Committee, highlighted the need to ensure full respect for international human rights standards and rule of law in countering terrorism. 
"Policies that limit human rights only end up alienating the very communities they aim to protect and which normally have every interest in fighting extremism," he said, adding that as a result "such policies can effectively drive people into the hands of terrorists and undermine our efforts on prevention."
 
Guterres said that despite recent successes against the ISIS and its affiliates, the threat posed by returning and relocating fighters, as well as from individuals inspired by them, remains high and has a global reach. He cited this year's Global Terrorism Index released by the Institute for Economic and Peace, which indicates that despite a 27 pr cent fall in the number of deaths from acts of terrorism worldwide, the impact of terrorism remains widespread, with 67 countries experiencing deadly attacks. 
 "This is the second highest recorded number of countries in the past twenty years," he said. 
"Terrorist organization like Da'esh and Al Qaida continue to twist religion to serve their ends. At the same time, neo-Nazi and far right groups are also using the Internet as a platform to mobilize support across borders, exploit economic anxieties, radicalize, recruit and carry out attacks. It is our duty to protect communities from violent extremist groups and their hate-speech whoever they are," he said. 

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