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Terrorism : A Standard Definition Of Terrorism

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Defining Terrorism
The United Nations does not have a standard definition of terrorism. In 1994, the UN General Assembly condemned terrorism, as “criminal acts intended or calculated to provoke a state of terror in the general public, a group of persons or particular persons for political purposes are in any circumstance unjustifiable…” Nearly a decade later, UN Security Council Resolution 1566 (2004), defined terrorism as “criminal acts, including against civilians, committed with the intent to cause death or serious bodily injury, or taking of hostages with the purpose to provoke a state of terror in the general public.”
The United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation defines “international terrorism” as activities that must meet three criteria. Activities must “involve violent acts or acts dangerous to human life that violate federal or state law; appear to be intimidation or coercion; or to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and occur primarily outside of the jurisdiction of the U.S.”
The Arab League defines terrorism as “any act or threat of violence, whatever its motives or purposes, that occurs for the advancement of an individual or collective criminal agenda, causing terror among people, causing fear by harming them, or placing their lives, liberty, or security in danger.” The European Union defines terrorism as acts that “may seriously damage a country or an international organization…or seriously
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