This past weekend’s bombing of young tourists and Balinese civilians is a profound tragedy, which will affect the lives of so many for a long time to come.
We share the loss and grief experienced by those affected most directly.
The International Federation of Social Workers condemns terrorism in all its forms and wherever it occurs. Social workers throughout the world have assisted and supported victims of terrorist attacks, refugees and victims of wars and civil strife.
In our steadfast opposition to terrorism we must also express our opposition to any responses that will only serve to further perpetuate violence.
We see the connections between conflict and poverty and that those most significantly affected are those least able to fend for themselves. While we support actions to prevent and stop terrorism these must be broadly based and include social, economic and political strategies and not be based upon military action.
At such times of tragedy and crisis there is a grave risk that the humanitarian values dignity and respect for cultural and religious background will be eroded.
Social work is founded upon such principles and we take seriously our responsibility to uphold and promote these values, most especially in the face of unwarranted attacks upon innocent members of any culture or religious background.
We urge all members of the United Nations to exercise caution and wisdom when considering the endorsement of military action and to continue to look at the causes of terrorism and take steps to address the impact of poverty, disadvantage, discrimination, prejudice, the negative impacts of trade barriers and other outcomes of the globalised economy.
Sydney/ Berne, 18 October 2002
Imelda Dodds, President
Tom Johannesen, Secretary General