Pope: Combat crime and terrorism, but in respect for human rights

November 10, 2012 by  
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Benedict XVI meets with participants in the Interpol general assembly. Terrorism “subversive strategies typical of some extremist organizations aimed at the destruction of property and at murder, has transformed itself into an obscure web of political complicity.” The fight against violence should include direct political action to eliminate the causes that can nurture it.

Pope Benedict XVIVatican City, November 9, 2012: “The duty” to combat crime, which today is particularly cruel in organized crime and terrorism – that “has transformed itself into an obscure web of political complicity ” – while remembering that “action against crime should always be conducted with respect for human rights and the principles of the rule of law. ” The fight against violence in fact is “must also aim at the reform and the correction of the criminal, who remains always a human person ” and must include the direct political action to eliminate the causes that can fuel violence.

The meeting this morning with the participants in the 81st Interpol General Assembly gave Benedict XVI the opportunity to express the point of view of the Church about the reality of crime and the fight against it.

Im the first place, the Pope pointed out that “it is important to strengthen collaboration and the exchange of expertise at a time when, at a global level, we see a widening of the sources of violence provoked by trans-national entities which hinder the progress of humanity” . A collaboration that rightly “brings together politicians responsible for security and justice, as well as judicial bodies and the forces of law and order.”

“We are aware – he added – that violence today is taking on new forms. At the end of the Cold War between the Eastern and Western blocks, there were high hopes, especially where a form of institutionalized political violence was ended by peaceful movements demanding freedom of peoples. However, although some forms of violence seem to have decreased, especially the number of military conflicts, there are others which are developing, such as criminal violence which is responsible each year for the majority of violent deaths in the world. Today, this phenomenon is so dangerous that it is a gravely destabilizing threat to society and, at times, poses a major challenge to the supremacy of the state”.

“The Church and the Holy See encourage all those who help to combat the scourge of violence and crime, as our world resembles more and more a global village. The gravest forms of criminal activities can be seen in terrorism and organized crime. Terrorism, one of the most brutal forms of violence, sows hate, death and a desire for revenge. This phenomenon, with subversive strategies typical of some extremist organizations aimed at the destruction of property and at murder, has transformed itself into an obscure web of political complicity, with sophisticated technology, enormous financial resources and planning projects on a vast scale (cf. Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, 513). For its part, organized crime proliferates in ordinary places and often acts and strikes in darkness, outside of any rules; it does its work through numerous illicit and immoral activities, such as human trafficking – a modern form of slavery – the smuggling of materials or substances such as drugs, arms, contraband goods, even the traffic of pharmaceuticals, used in large part by the poor, which kill instead of curing. This illicit market becomes even more deplorable when it involves trafficking the organs of innocent victims: they undergo physical and moral humiliation which we had hoped were over after the tragedies of the twentieth century but which, unfortunately, have again surfaced through the violence generated by crime carried out by unscrupulous persons and organizations. These crimes transgress the moral barriers which were progressively built up by civilization and they reintroduce a form of barbarism which denies man and his dignity. ”

The Pope stressed that ” violence in all its forms, whether crime or terrorism, is always unacceptable, because it profoundly wounds human dignity and is an offence against the whole of humanity ” and that therefore “it is necessary to combat criminal activities within the limits of moral and juridical norms, since action against crime should always be carried out with respect for the rights of each person and of the principles of the rule of law”. The Pope concluded by saying that “it is essential that the necessary work of containing crime be accompanied by a courageous and lucid analysis of the underlying motives for such unacceptable criminal acts. Special attention should be paid to the factors of social exclusion and deprivation which persist in the population and which are a vehicle for the spread of violence and hatred. Special effort should also be made in the political and educational fields, to remedy the problems which feed violence, and to foster conditions that prevent violence from occurring or developing”.

– asianews

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