European Day on Remembrance of the Victims of Terrorism

On 11 March 2010 the EU celebrated the 6th European Day on Remembrance of the Victims of Terrorism. In this occasion, the EU Counter-terrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove made a statement, indicating assistance to the victims of terrorism as a priority of EU counter-terrorism policies.

“Terrorists are criminals who de-humanize us in order to legitimize our killing; supporting the victims of terrorism is essential to deglamourize terrorism in the minds of those who consider terror a legitimate tool for political action. I believe that policies of international solidarity with the victims of terrorism also offer strong prevention value by mobilizing civil society against the consequences of terrorism on ordinary citizens”, the EU Coordinator said.

Gilles de Kerchove also called EU to further develop policies of international solidarity with the victims of terrorism.
“I believe that policies of international solidarity and assistance to the victims of terrorism must be based on four core principles: Recognition, Memory, Justice and Reparation”, the Coordinator added.

De Kerchove concluded by saying that he expects an actionable Commission proposal by the beginning of 2011 for a comprehensive instrument providing common minimum standards for international solidarity with the victims of terrorism, including measures to address the compensation to EU citizens who suffer a terrorist attack outside of the EU.

Click here to watch a video interview to de Kerchove.

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