On Monday 16th February, Libyan militants pledging allegiance to the self-proclaimed “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)” released a video showing the gruesome beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians.
The massacre, which provoked a wave of retaliatory repercussions, has got Western leaders fearful that the ISIS threat has reached Europe’s doorstep. Being just under 400 km from the Mediterranean coast, Libya, one of the main breeding grounds for terrorists, is turning into a failed state which is home to militants recognizing themselves as representatives of ISIS.
This attack comes just two days after an armed gunman, who is said to have sworn allegiance to ISIS, murdered two persons in the Danish capital, Copenhagen. The bloody rampage, which ended in a fusillade leaving only the gunman dead, is the first ISIS related incident in Northern Europe.
Whether it is in Australia, France, Denmark, Libya, Syria, Iraq or any other arena, war crimes and crimes against humanity are inadmissible. The perpetrators, as well as their allies and patrons, whether governmental or not, have to be held accountable and brought to justice.
The Centre strongly denounces this terrorist attack, and would like to reiterate that incitement towards religious intolerance constitutes a breach of human rights and represents a serious threat to international peace and security.