A paper published yesterday by the Home Office marks a policy departure in relation to the treatment of banned terrorist organisations.

It is a criminal offence to belong to or invite support for a proscribed organisation.¬† Proscription may trigger action at EU level.¬† It¬†also sends a signal of public condemnation, and can be a useful and inexpensive foreign policy tool.¬†¬†66 organisations¬†are currently proscribed.¬†¬†Many of them (including all¬†14¬†in Northern Ireland)¬†have been on the list since before 2000. Read more…

The Nigerian jihadist group Boko Haram (sometimes translated as ‚ÄúWestern education is sinful‚ÄĚ) is banned in the United Kingdom from today.¬† The indiscriminate mass-casualty attacks attributed to that organisation since 2009 leave little doubt that it is ‚Äúconcerned in terrorism‚ÄĚ ‚Äď the only test that has to be met for proscription under the Terrorism Act 2000. Read more…