UNSC adopted resolution to prevent citizens of other nations from joining militants like ISIS

Sep 25, 2014 15:16 IST

The 15-member United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on 24 September 2014 unanimously adopted a binding resolution 2178 that compels member states to prevent their nationals from joining militant groups like ISIS in Iraq and Syria.  

This US-drafted resolution is binding on the 193 UN member states under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter. The resolution also grants power to the Security Council to place sanctions against states defying the legally binding resolution. It says that the recruitment and financing of foreign fighters should be prevented by the nations.

The resolution also compels all states to make abroad travel of its citizens to fight with militant groups or to recruit and fund others to do so as a serious criminal offence. However, it does not mandate military force against the militants fighting abroad.

The UNSC session that adopted the resolution was chaired by the US President Barack Obama, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the Council for September 2014. Obama during the session urged global efforts to dismantle the ISIS network of death.


The participation of thousands of youths from several nations in the extremist group led to the development and adoption of the resolution. Youths from different countries have fled from their states to fight with the extremist groups after emergence of ISIS and Al Qaeda's Syrian wing, Nusra Front.


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