G20 Leaders reaffirmed their commitment to act to protect people from Terrorism

The G-20 leaders at the just-concluded Osaka summit resolved to prevent the use of the internet to fund and facilitate terrorism and extremism, saying that while the Internet must be “open, free and secure”, it could not serve as a safe haven for terrorists.

They also said they are committed to acting to protect people from terrorist and violent extremism conducive to terrorism (VECT) exploitation of the internet.

“First and for most, it’s the state’s responsibility to prevent terrorism and extremism. Here in Osaka, we reaffirm our statement to act to protect our people from terrorist and VECT exploitation of the internet. we issue this statement to raise the bar of expectation on online platforms to do their part.” they said in a statement.

“We as the leaders one of our greatest responsibilities is to ensure citizens security. we reaffirm our strongest condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations,” they said.

The G-20 leaders said the live-streamed Christchurch terrorist attacks in New Zealand that killed 51 people, and other recent atrocities, demonstrate the urgency with “which we must fully implement relevant UN resolutions, the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and other instruments, including the 2017 Hamburg G-20 Leaders’ Statement on Countering Terrorism.”

However, the leaders agreed that such efforts must respect  human rights and “fundamental freedoms such as freedom of expression and access to information.”

we urge online platforms to adhere to the core principle, as affirmed in Hamburg, that the rule of law applies online as it does offline. This must be achieved in a way that is consistent with national and international law, including human rights and fundamental freedoms such as freedom of expression and access to information―we hold these in high regard. We commit to collaborate with states, international organizations, industry, and civil society in this endeavor,” they said.

“We reiterate our strong commitment to step up efforts to fight these threats, including by strengthening the FATF’s global network of regional bodies. We call for the full, effective and swift implementation of the FATF Standards,” the declaration said.

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