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Interactive Dialogue with the SR on the Protection of Human Rights While Countering Terrorism
March 10, 2016

Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America as delivered by Amanda Wall

31st Session of the Human Rights Council
March 10, 2016

Mr. President,

The United States thanks the Special Rapporteur on protecting human rights while countering terrorism for his recent report on preventing and countering violent extremism.  We welcome the Secretary-General’s Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism, which will assist member states in meeting the evolving threat of violent extremism while promoting and protecting human rights and the rule of law.

Preventing and countering violent extremism effectively requires a comprehensive and holistic approach, with a focus on preventing conditions that may foster violent extremism.  Whether preventing recruitment of terrorists, intervening in the process of radicalization of a potential violent extremist, or rehabilitating and reintegrating former violent extremists back into society, these efforts must be grounded in the rule of law and protect human rights.

We do not share all of the Special Rapporteur’s concerns as set forth in the report.  Nevertheless, we welcome the report’s recommendations, including the need for increased research and the importance of all states complying with their obligations under international human rights law.  We believe that the recommendations offered by the Secretary-General’s Plan of Action and implementation of Pillars I and IV of the UN Global Counterterrorism Strategy are essential tools to address the complex problems associated with violent extremism and terrorism.

Mr. Emmerson, can you comment further on how to address the unique aspects of the radicalization process that may not be unlawful under international or domestic law?

Thank you.