Europe is increasingly concerned about international terrorism.
Once again all acts of terrorism should be strongly condemned and
any attempt to excuse terrorist attacks rejected as they go completely
against the spirit of and the standards and values enshrined in
the European Convention on Human Rights.
Democracies have the inalienable right, and the inseparable
obligation, to defend them when attacked. The fight against terrorism
must be reinforced while ensuring respect for human rights, the
rule of law and the common values upheld by the Council of Europe.
It should be underlined that combating terrorism and protecting
Council of Europe standards and values are not contradictory but
Parliaments and governments of member States are therefore
called upon to ensure the necessity and proportionality of measures
taken in their fight against terrorism.