I forwarded to the CTC the following question:
"I have been looking for terrorism statistics in UN reports and have not yet found any. I am particularly interested in statistics on victims of terrorism (mortality statistics etc) by year, region and country. Could you help? Thank you."
I received the following answer from the CTC on 3 September 2008:
"The United Nations does not compile the kind of information you are seeking. You might try research sites like The Terrorism Research Center (terrorism.org) or the Memorial Institute for the
Prevention of Terrorism (www.mipt.org) and others like that."
The Terrorism Research Center website, referred in the answer, does NOT publish terrorism statistics. The MIPT has DISCONTINUED to publish terrorism statistics. This means that the UN Committee mandated to monitor the compliance with Security Council terrorist resolutions has no apparent access to terrorism statistics on which to base and justify its work. Before the abolishment of all terrorism statistics databases, the typical annual global mortality from terrorists varied between 2,000 and 5,000 persons, about 1/10 of the number of children who die DAILY from preventable causes and about 1/20 of the number of people dying from snake bites. The figure is so low that its publication would embarass those who threaten us with the threat of terrorism.
The Counter-Terrorism Committee, CTC, was established by the UN Security Council. Its Chairman, Ambassador Neven Jurica (of Croatia) briefed the Security Council on 6 May 2008 and said, among other things: "As terrorism remains ONE OF THE MAJOR THREATS TO INTERNATIONAL PEACE AND SECURITY, the Committee represents a crucial instrument of the international community to address that global scourge." The Chairman was fantasizing or simply repeating a cliché, because he did not have at his disposal any empirical evidence about the threat represented by terrorism. Was this simply his stupidity or is Ambassador Jurica one of the many people who is paid to deceive ordinary people and who knows perfectly well that terrorism is NOT one of the major threats to international peace and security, and not even a threat to national security, the economy or the government of any state. In most European countries, for example, no person has ever been killed by terrorists, and in conflict zones, civilian deaths occur more often from the use of force by governments.