UNSC condemns ‘heinous’ murder of David Haines

The council also demanded the immediate, safe and unconditional release of all those who are kept hostage by the group

Updated - November 16, 2021 08:44 pm IST

Published - September 15, 2014 10:49 am IST - United Nations

British Prime Minister David Cameron condemned the slaying as “an act of pure evil".

British Prime Minister David Cameron condemned the slaying as “an act of pure evil".

The U.N. Security Council has strongly condemned the “heinous and cowardly” >murder of British humanitarian aid worker David Haines by Islamic State (IS), saying the outfit must be defeated and violence it adopts “stamped out”.

“This crime is a tragic reminder of the increasing dangers humanitarian personnel face every day in Syria. It also once again demonstrates the brutality of IS, which is responsible for thousands of abuses against the Syrian and Iraqi people,” the 15-member body said in a statement.

Council members expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the family of the victim, to the Government of the U.K. as well as to the families of all victims of IS.

“The members of the Security Council stressed again that IS must be defeated and that the intolerance, violence and hatred it espouses must be stamped out,” the statement said.

The body said such “continued acts of barbarism” perpetrated by IS do not intimidate them but rather stiffen their resolve that there has to be a common effort amongst governments and institutions, including those in the region most affected, to counter the threats.

The Council demanded the immediate, safe and unconditional release of all those who are kept hostage by these groups. It also demanded that all parties involved in the armed conflict comply fully with their obligations to ensure the respect and protection of all humanitarian personnel.

Further, Council members stressed that those responsible for the killing of Haines should be held accountable, and urged all States to cooperate actively with the U.K. and all other relevant authorities in this regard.

IS actions trigger international fury
A video showing American journalist James Foley being beheaded was released on August 19, as a five-minute clip titled “A Message to America”. The group threatened to kill another U.S. journalist, Steven Sotloff, if President Obama did not halt his air strikes in Iraq. >Read here Senior While House Counterterrorism official Lisa Monaco said the rescue attempt undertaken by the Obama government “earlier this summer” ultimately failed because the hostages were not present at the location. >Read here A video showing IS beheading U.S. reporter Steven Sotloff was released on September 2, exactly two weeks after they disseminated on the Internet a similar gruesome video depicting the killing of another American journalist, James Foley. >Read here Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. would hold accountable those who murdered their citizens, “no matter how long it takes.” >Read here The US President emphasised that Washington will take the lead in a "broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat." >Read here IS extremists on September 14 released a video showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines, who was abducted in Syria last year. >Read here
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