Aug 21, 2019, 12:04 PM
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UN chief says world stands in solidarity with victims of terrorism

Tehran, Aug 21, IRNA – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on the Second International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism, 21 August 2019, said international community stands in solidarity with victims of terrorism.

"Terrorism in all its forms and manifestations remains a global challenge. It causes lasting damage to individuals, families and communities. These scars run deep, and while they may fade with time, they never disappear," said Antonio Guterres in a massage, a copy of which was e-mailed obtained by IRNA through the United Nations Information Center (UNIC) in Tehran.

Saying that no matter how long ago an attack happened, victims will never forget that.

"Victims and survivors all over the world need a chance to heal through justice and support. Thousands show great resilience, courage and spirit."

The victims and survivors of terrorism need "long-term, multi-faceted support", including through partnerships with governments and civil society, so that they can heal, recover, rebuild their lives and help others, he said.

"Supporting victims of terrorism is one way in which we live up to our responsibility to defend their rights and our common humanity. By listening to them, we can also learn much about how best to unite our communities against terrorism."

The UN has helped to connect and raise the voices of victims of terrorism through the activities of the Office of Counter Terrorism, he added.

"The General Assembly’s recent adoption of a resolution on Victims, and the establishment of a Group of Friends of Victims of Terrorism are further steps to ensure that our support is enhanced and increased, addressing all aspects of victims’ needs."

Saying that "the first-ever United Nations Global Congress of Victims of Terrorism" will be held next year and will further strengthen the collective work, he added, "On our second observance of the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to Victims of Terrorism, I ask that we all reflect on the lives that have been changed forever as a result of terrorism."

He also urged the world to show victims that they are not alone, and that the international community stands in solidarity with them, wherever they may be.

"In their call for healing and justice, they speak for all of us."

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