Every year, acts of terrorism harm and kill thousands of innocent people. Despite the international attention, affected people often have difficulty accessing vital physical, psychological, social and financial services.
Laura Dolci, a victim of the 2003 Canal Hotel bombing in Iraq, in which 22 UN staff were killed and more than 100 injured, reports that, “there are thousands of victims of terrorism.” and their families scattered in every region of the world, struggling in their solitude with the scars of trauma and trauma. “
Remembering and paying tribute to victims of terrorism plays a central role in demonstrating that their status as victims is respected and recognized. This year’s date coincides with the global transition away from the public health emergency caused by COVID-19 pandemic, a crisis that is complicating the struggles that victims of terrorism face.
The theme of this year’s Day, chosen after consultation with victims, is “Memory”; memories bind people together and signify our common humanity. On terrorism, the memory of loss and grief binds communities together, allowing the exchange of ideas and targeted solutions.
The United Nations focus on treating victims of terrorism represents an important element of the organization Global counter-terrorism strategy. Victims of terrorism play an essential role in promoting international solidarity, preventing violent extremism and protecting human rights.
In a review of this Strategy in 2021, the United Nations General Assembly noted the important role victims of terrorism play in creating targeted policies. Resolution adopted at the conclusion of this review, calling on Member States to develop a comprehensive national assistance plan for victims of terrorism, in particular oppressed groups. in history.
In his concluding remarks reflecting on the UN’s goal, the Secretary-General said the goal is to advocate, “Member States provide legal, medical, psychosocial or financial assistance to them. [victims of terrorism] need to heal and live with dignity”.
Dolci similarly states that, “assisting victims of terrorism is not an act of charity: it must be a globally engaged activity, subject to the obligations of States and supported by the United Nations.” strong support”.