The War on Terrorism In Africa

Human rights issues, implications, and recommendations

Authored by: Ifeoma E. Okoye , Lucy Tsado

The Routledge Handbook on Africana Criminologies

Print publication date:  December  2020
Online publication date:  December  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367435721
eBook ISBN: 9781003004424
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The United Nations General Assembly Resolution 49/60 (United Nations, December 9, 1994) describes terrorism as “criminal acts intended or calculated to provoke a state of terror in the general public, a group of persons or particular persons for political, ideological, racial, ethnic and religious purposes” (para. 3). Terrorism attacks the core values of the Charter of the United Nations, which emphasizes respect for fundamental human rights and compliance with the rule of law and with the fundamental objectives of maintaining peace and resolving conflicts worldwide. This perspective focuses mostly on the core implications of terrorism based on the objective of the resolution. Hence, acts of terrorism violate individuals’ fundamental human rights and grossly breach global peace and stability. These acts of terror are considered criminal and unjustifiable, notwithstanding the circumstances or any form of objectives to justify such acts of violence.

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