The attacks of September 11th were intended to break our spirit. Instead we have emerged stronger and more unified. We feel renewed devotion to the principles of political, economic and religious freedom, the rule of law and respect for human life. We are more determined than ever to live our lives in freedom.” — Rudolph W. Giuliani
As the world remembers one of the saddest days in human history, marking the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we would like to share with you the reaction of the international community in such a horrific day.
From that point and on, international relations shifted and international law opened its gates to a new era of regulation: fight against terrorism.
Cornerstone of this determination, stands the Resolution we echo today, which clearly states the international community´s readiness to respond and combat all forms of terrorism.
Last night President Barack Obama´s address on the US strategy against ISIS (also known as ISIL or IS) is a reminder of the validity of such resolve, yet many questions and legal loopholes still remain unsolved.
As part of our respects, and as a highlight of our commitment to the dissemination and promotion of International Law among students, the present note intents to fulfill the role of a remembrance of those who lost their lives in the tragic events of 9/11.
With our greatest respect,
Colombian International Law Students Association
12 September 2001
Resolution 1368 (2001)
Adopted by the Security Council at its 4370th meeting, on 12 September 2001
The Security Council,
Reaffirming the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations,
Determined to combat by all means threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts,
Recognizing the inherent right of individual or collective self-defence in accordance with the Charter,
- Unequivocally condemns in the strongest terms the horrifying terrorist attacks which took place on 11 September 2001 in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania and regards such acts, like any act of international terrorism, as a threat to international peace and security;
- Expresses its deepest sympathy and condolences to the victims and their families and to the people and Government of the United States of America;
- Calls on all States to work together urgently to bring to justice the perpetrators, organizers and sponsors of these terrorist attacks and stresses that those responsible for aiding, supporting or harbouring the perpetrators, organizers and sponsors of these acts will be held accountable;
- Calls also on the international community to redouble their efforts to prevent and suppress terrorist acts including by increased cooperation and full implementation of the relevant international anti-terrorist conventions and Security Council resolutions, in particular resolution 1269 (1999) of 19 October 1999;
- Expresses its readiness to take all necessary steps to respond to the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, and to combat all forms of terrorism, in accordance with its responsibilities under the Charter of the United Nations;
- Decides to remain seized of the matter.