Brits push UN to ban ransom payments (again)December 17, 2013
This time we really mean it!
Not sure what this proposed resolution will accomplish since paying ransoms to terrorists already violates U.N. Resolution 1904. Maybe the proposal would actually give teeth to 1904, but the text of the proposed resolution does not appear to be available online from either the British foreign office or the U.N.
But at least they’re drawing attention to the phenomenon which enriches terrorist groups and puts upward pressure on the size of ransoms demanded globally. From the Associated Press on Dec. 4:
UN urged to end paying ransom to terrorists
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Britain is urging the U.N. Security Council to adopt a resolution calling on all countries not to pay ransom to kidnappers who use the money to finance terrorist groups.
Britain’s U.N. Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant said Wednesday his government estimates that over the last three years more than $70 million has been provided to al-Qaida and other terrorist groups from ransom paid to kidnappers.
Lyall Grant said he circulated a draft resolution to council members Tuesday calling on the 193 U.N. member states “to prevent terrorists from benefiting directly or indirectly from ransom payments.”
A U.N. resolution adopted weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States already bans all countries from financing terrorism.
But Lyall Grant said the proposed new resolution highlights “the increasing threat” from kidnapping for ransom to benefit terrorists.
“We want to make it much more difficult for terrorists to benefit from this sort of financing,” he said.
Lyall Grant said he hopes the Security Council will approve the resolution this month, with support from all 15 members…