On February 3rd, the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” published a video showing Jordanian pilot Moaz Kasasbeh being burned alive.
Lt. Moaz Kasasbeh had been held captive since his F16 crashed on 24th December in Raqqa, Syria, an “Islamic State” stronghold. The Jordanian Government had appealed to “IS” representatives to release the captured pilot in exchange for one of the terrorists implicated in the 2005 bombings in Amman, Jordan.
In a press release condemning the attack, the United Nations Security Council stated: “This crime once again demonstrates the brutality of ISIL, which is responsible for thousands of crimes and abuses against people from all faiths, ethnicity, and nationalities, and without regard to any basic values of humanity.” The Council stressed the need for those responsible to be held accountable for their crimes, and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law, to cooperate with the Jordanian Government and all other relevant authorities to this purpose.
The Geneva Centre strongly condemns the murder of Jordanian pilot Moaz Kasasbeh, and extends its most sincere condolences to his family and loved ones.
We would like to recall UNSC Resolution 2170 (2014) and all other relevant resolutions, by affirming that “terrorism in all forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable regardless of their motivations”. In the light of the above-mentioned resolution, we furthermore stress that “terrorism can only be defeated by a sustained and comprehensive approach involving the active participation and collaboration of all States, and international and regional organization to impede, impair, isolate and incapacitate the terrorist threat”.
The Geneva Centre stands in solidarity with the Jordanian people and, in this sad occasion, confirms its intention to continue to work steadily in the promotion of Islam as a peaceful and tolerant religion.