THE TERRORIST ACTIONS IN THE USA


RESOLUTION OF THE GOVERNING BOARD OF THE
MARANGOPOULOS FOUNDATION FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
THE TERRORIST ACTIONS IN THE USA
INTERNATIONAL REACTION

The Marangopoulos Foundation for Human Rights
Strongly condemns the terrorist attacks that led to the tragic death of thousands of victims in the United States on 11 September 2.

Considers necessary the taking of coordinated action by all Governments, including the Greek Government, with a view to finding and bringing to justice the perpetrators of the terrorist attacks of 11 September and to suppressing terrorism more generally.

Believes that, in any event, terrorism cannot be effectively addressed, contained and prevented without examining the causes that create and exacerbate this phenomenon.

Stresses that any international action to combat terrorism must be based on the essential and decisive role of the United Nations and that relevant international and national measures must not violate or endanger human rights. In particular, it must not escape our attention that the maintenance of international peace is the main purpose of both the Charter of the United Nations as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which cannot be realized without respect for human rights.

Considers it crucial to bear in mind that, while terrorism certainly violates the human rights of innocent persons, over-reaction to this phenomenon, and especially war, will unavoidably lead to such violations and indeed to a much greater extent, against more innocent persons, both civilians and military.

Recalls that war, especially a universal war against Afghanistan, will lead to conflicts in the neighbouring countries of Central Asia that have interests in the oil and gas pipelines which run through the former. That is the reason why the United States envisages a long-term war involving also the use of non-conventional weapons. This means death and destruction on a widespread scale. The only persons who will be happy as a result of such war are some producers and traders of oil and deadly weapons. And, of course, this will not provide in the least redress of the deaths, suffering and destruction of 11 September.



Athens, 26 September 2

The Governing Board