Terrorism

House of Lords written question – answered on 2nd April 2009.

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Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Shadow Minister (Community Cohesion), Communities and Local Government

To ask Her Majesty's Government which organisations have been proscribed under terrorism legislation in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Lord West of Spithead Lord West of Spithead Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Security and Counter-terrorism), Home Office, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Security and Counter-terrorism)

The Terrorism Act 2000 made provision, for the first time, for the proscription of organisations concerned in international and domestic terrorism (as well as terrorism connected to the affairs of Northern Ireland). Organisations listed in Schedule 2 to that Act are proscribed. On receiving Royal Assent on 20 July 2000, 14 organisations connected to the affairs of Northern Ireland were listed in Schedule 2; these organisations were until that point proscribed under previous legislation either with effect in Northern Ireland only, or, in respect of the Irish Republican Army and the Irish National Liberation Army, with effect in the whole of the UK. The organisations are:

The Irish Republican ArmyCumann na mBanFianna na hEireannThe Red Hand CommandoSaor EireThe Ulster Freedom FightersThe Ulster Volunteer ForceThe Irish National Liberation ArmyThe Irish People's Liberation OrganisationThe Ulster Defence AssociationThe Loyalist Volunteer ForceThe Continuity Army CouncilThe Orange VolunteersThe Red Hand Defenders

The Terrorism Act allows the Home Secretary to add, by order, an organisation to Schedule 2.

In 2001 the following organisations were added to Schedule 2:

Al-Qa'idaEgyptian Islamic JihadAl-Gama'at al-IslamiyaArmed Islamic Group (Groupe Islamique Armée) (GIA)Salafist Group for Call and Combat (Groupe Salafiste pour la Prédication et le Combat) (GSPC)Babbar KhalsaInternational Sikh Youth FederationHarakat MujahideenJaish e MohammedLashkar e TayyabaLiberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)Hizballah External Security OrganisationHamas-Izz al-Din al-Qassem BrigadesPalestinian Islamic Jihad—ShaqaqiAbu Nidal OrganisationIslamic Army of AdenMujaheddin e KhalqKurdistan Workers' Party (Partiya Karkeren Kurdistan) (PKK)Revolutionary Peoples' Liberation Party—Front (Devrimci Halk Kurtulus Partisi-Cephesi) (DHKP-C) Basque Homeland and Liberty (Euskadi to Askatasuna) (ETA)17 November Revolutionary Organisation (N17).

In 2002 the following organisations were added to Schedule 2:

Abu Sayyaf GroupAsbat Al-AnsarIslamic Movement of UzbekistanJemaah Islamiyah.

No organisations were added to Schedule two in 2003 or 2004.

In 2005 the following organisations were added to Schedule 2:

Al Ittihad Al IslamiaAnsar Al IslamAnsar Al SunnaGroupe Islamique Combattant MarocainHarakat-ul-Jihad-ul-IslamiHarakat-ul-Jihad-ul-Islami (Bangladesh) Harakat-ul-Mujahideen/AlamiHezb-e Islami GulbuddinIslamic Jihad UnionJamaat ul-FurquanJundallahKhuddam ul-IslamLashkar-e JhangviLibyan Islamic Fighting GroupSipah-e Sahaba Pakistan.

In 2006 the following organisations were added to Schedule 2:

Al-GhurabaaThe Saved SectBaluchistan Liberation ArmyTeyrebaz Azadiye Kurdistan.

In 2007 the following organisations were added to Schedule 2:

Jammat-ul Mujahideen BangladeshTehrik Nefaz-e Shari'at Muhammadi.

In 2008 the following changes were made to Schedule 2:

Mujaheddin e Khalq was removed from Schedule 2, and"The military wing of Hizballah, including the Jihad Council and all units reporting to it (including the Hizballah External Security Organisation)" was substituted for the then existing entry of "Hizballah External Security Organisation".

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