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UN celebrates International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism
Various social organizations, human rights groups and UN agencies celebrated the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism on August 21.

“We must lift up the voices of victims and survivors of terrorist attacks, who consistently call for accountability and results. When we respect the human rights of victims and provide them with support and information, we reduce the lasting damage done by terrorists to individuals, communities and societies,” urged the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres

According to the UN, in 2017 alone, nearly three-quarters of all deaths caused by terrorism were in just five countries, namely, Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Somalia and Syria.

Victims of terrorism can only recover and cope with their trauma through long-term multi-dimensional support, including physical, psychological, social and financial, in order to heal and live with dignity, stated the UN website.

The UN’s Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy suggests that the world community needs to stand in solidarity and providing support to victims, capacity building assistance, establishing networks of, and offering support to, civil society organizations, particularly victims of terrorism associations, and encouraging Member States to promote, protect and respect the rights of victims.

On the occasion of the observance, at United Nations Headquarters in New York, a month-long exhibition was opened by Guterre featuring the voices of victims, experts, and civil society leaders who have either been affected by a terrorist attack or have worked with victims.

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