UK Govt’s response to Independent Reviewer’s criticisms of terrorist proscriptions

The UK Government has published its response to the report of David Anderson QC (the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation) on the operation in 2014 of the UK Terrorism Act. Link to his report here and the Government’s response here.

The Independent Reviewer had criticised aspects of the Government’s proscribed organisations regime, which prohibits support for or participation in organisations said to be “concerned in terrorism”.  In particular, he noted that the Government had acknowledged that a number of organisations do not meet the statutory test for proscription, but would not (as it had previously agreed) de-proscribe those organisations of its own accord, and stopped undertaking annual reviews of the evidence underlying proscription decisions in 2014. In response, the Government notes Mr Anderson’s ongoing concerns about the deproscription process, but states that it considers it appropriate to take a “cautious approach” and that organisations are free to submit applications to be deproscribed.

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About Maya Lester QC

Maya Lester QC has a wide ranging practice in public law, European law, competition law, international law, human rights & civil liberties. She has a particular expertise in sanctions. As the most recent (2016) Chambers & Partners directory put it, she "owns the world of sanctions". She spent 2011-12 in New York at Columbia Law School lecturing and writing on sanctions. She represents and advises hundreds of companies and individuals before the European and English courts and has acted in most of the leading cases, including Kadi, Tay Za, Central Bank of Iran, NITC and IRISL.

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