PM asks govts of the region to take firm action against terrorism

December 13th, 2008 - 4:12 pm ICT by ANI  

Manmohan Singh

New Delhi, Dec13 (ANI): Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today said that the governments of the region have a moral duty to take firm and expeditious action against terrorism.
Inaugurating an international conference of jurists on Terrorism, Rule of Law and Human Rights here, Dr. Singh said, “”In our region, there is growing awareness that terrorism and extremism pose a threat to democracy and development. Governments and authorities in our region and elsewhere have a moral duty to act firmly and quickly. Our people expect us to stay united, stand united and act unitedly in the face of these grave challenges that we face.”
“The rule of law and regard for due process and respect for fundamental Human Rights are the very foundation of any modern civilized society. These are enshrined in our magnificent constitution. But all these values are today threatened by the forces of terrorism,” he said.
Dr. Singh called on “all peace-loving and democratic forces” around the world to join hands in the fight against all manifestations of extremism and intolerance.
“The threat of terrorism in this increasingly integrated world that we live in is not divisible. The fight against it is also not divisible. The defence of freedom and peace is also not divisible,” he added.
“We need to understand the relationship between human rights and the fight against terrorism. The two concepts are not mutually exclusive. They can and should go hand in hand. When in conflict, it is possible to resolve them,” he said.
Thanking the international community for expressing solidarity with India in the wake of the recent terror strikes in Mumbai, Dr. Singh said he had received phone calls and letters from heads of State and Government from several countries, including those from India’’s neighbourhood.
“The people of India have also shown tremendous unity and courage in this critical hour. It is heartening that major political parties have also risen above their narrower interests to speak and work in a spirit of cooperation,” he added.
The Prime Minister also gave away awards to eminent Jurists on this occasion. The Chief of Justices of India Dr K.G. Balakrishnan and the Minister of Law and Justice H.R.Bhardwaj also present on the occasion. (ANI)

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