The Lower House unanimously adopted on Thursday an anti-terrorism resolution condemning as “inhumane and despicable” the recent killings of two Japanese hostages by the Islamic State group.
The resolution says terrorist acts can never be justified, regardless of the rationale, and that Japan and its people resolutely denounce terrorism.
“We strongly condemn that ISIL has carried out inhumane and despicable terrorist acts against two Japanese,” the resolution states, referring to Islamic State by one of its acronyms. “We declare that Japan and its people resolutely denounce terrorism, and will stand firm in our pledge never to tolerate terrorism.”
The resolution was adopted across party lines following the crisis that resulted in the killings of 42-year-old Haruna Yukawa and 47-year-old Kenji Goto despite days of negotiations to get them freed.
The resolution calls on the Japanese government to increase humanitarian aid to countries in the Middle East and Africa, and step up coordination with the international community in the fight against terrorism.
The resolution was prepared at the initiative of the Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito. The Upper House is expected to adopt a similar resolution on Friday.
Meanwhile, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned the three recent high-profile executions by the Islamic State militant group.
“Yesterday’s news of the murder of the Jordanian pilot, and the beheadings of two Japanese, is most heinous,” he told a group of reporters Wednesday. “We must really do all that we can to defeat this terrorism.”
On Tuesday, a video was posted online that purported to show the pilot, 26-year-old Islamic State captive Mu’ath al-Kaseasbeh, being burned alive in a cage.
Al-Kaseasbeh’s killing followed the apparent beheadings of Yukawa and then Goto. The two men had been at the center of the hostage crisis that beganon Jan. 20,when the militant group demanded a $200 million ransom for their lives.
Ban said he was “appalled by how human beings can be so cruel and so brutal” and called on U.N. member states to work together to fight the threats posed by such terrorist groups.
“We must also avoid falling into the traps set by those who seek to divide, and ensure that our responses do not violate human rights,” he added.
Also on Wednesday, Yasuhide Nakayama, state minister for foreign affairs, thanked Jordanian King Abdullah II for his country’s support during the hostage crisis.
In their meeting in Amman, Nakayama expressed his heartfelt solidarity with the Jordanian government and its people over the pilot’s apparent killing.
Nakayama, who led a task force set up in the Jordanian capital by the Japanese government to deal with the crisis, also said Japan will not give in to terrorism. Japan will firmly fulfill its responsibility in the fight against terrorism while working with the international community, he said.
Abdullah offered his deep condolences to the families of the two slain hostages and all Japanese citizens.