English donga | Japanese donga | Chinese donga [ GB | Big5 ] | Korean donga
   
Archives
Business
National
Politics
International
Sports
Editorial
Op-ed
Life
Entertainment
Link
Cartoon
Hate Practice
Dilemma over 몉ejection of demand for ransoms by IS
SEPTEMBER 04, 2014 06:33  
As Islamic State militants beheaded a second American reporter, attention is being paid to countries different responses to demand for ransom for hostages by international terrorist groups.

Last year when playing host to the G8 summit, the U.K. spearheaded the adoption of a communiqu that included the "principle of rejection of demand for hostage ransoms," saying that if ransom is paid, it will reinforce capabilities of international terrorist groups. Countries that thoroughly follow this principle, which was also adopted as resolution by the U.N. Security Council, are the U.S. and the U.K. only. France, Italy, Spain and Germany have paid ransom through unofficial negotiations and gained the release of their citizens.

In fact, France paid more than 20 million euros (26.2 million U.S. dollars) in October last year when getting the release of its four citizens who had been detained by Al Qaeda. Germany also got a 27-year-old man, who was taken hostage by IS in Syria, released by paying a considerable amount of money in June this year.

In contrast, the U.K. government continues to follow the "principle of rejection of demand for ransom," even when IS, which already beheaded two American reporters, is threatening to murder Briton David Haynes next time. The U.K. daily Guardian said that Prime Minister David Cameron is unlikely to give up this principle, predicting that he will seek to find a strategy to counter IS at the NATO summit set to take place on Thursday and Friday.

Editorial
National Assembly should pass N.K. human rights bill
The ruling Saenuri Party and the main opposition New...
Op-ed
Korea`s ecology institute names tracking path after Jane Goodall
"Ecobrity" is a newly coined term to call celebrities...
Copyright 2008 donga.com. All rights reserved.
Contact newsroom@donga.com for more information.