April 3rd, 2015 18:13 EST
UN Condemns Al Shabaab Terrorist Attack Against Kenyan University
The United Nations has strongly condemned the terrorist attack perpetrated by Al Shabaab that took place yesterday on a university in north-eastern Kenya, and has condemned the attack in the strongest possible terms.
A statement issued by the Spokesperson for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday expressed solidarity with the people and the Government of Kenya and called for those responsible to be swiftly brought to justice. "
Members of the Security Council issued a statement today, which echoed the Secretary-General`s sentiments of support and solidarity, expressed the 15-State body`s outrage at the attack, which took place on the campus of the Garissa University College, in Garissa, Kenya, and condemned it in the strongest terms.
The statement also paid tribute to Kenya`s role in the fight against terrorism.
[Members] paid particular tribute to Kenya`s role in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in the struggle against Al Shabaab, " it said, reaffirming that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable regardless of their motivation, wherever and whenever and by whomsoever committed. "
Reiterating their determination to combat all forms of terrorism, in accordance with their responsibilities under the Charter of the United Nations, Council members underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice.
They urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Kenyan authorities in this regard, " and stressed the importance of ensuring that counter-terrorism measures comply with all their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights law, international humanitarian law and refugee law.
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova also strongly condemned the incident, calling it a vicious " and deliberate " attack against the future of a country, and against the ambition of students to gain the qualifications to pursue a career and contribute to their nation.
It is the quest for knowledge, the freedom to think critically and to question the world " the hallmarks of a university " that is under threat, " said Ms. Bokova.
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