UN expert criticizes new anti-terror blacklist


Martin Scheinin

Martin Scheinin

The UN expert on terror says the Security Council has "acted beyond its powers" when it issued a new anti-terror list.

On June 17 the Security Council voted to separate the Taliban from Al-Qaida.

Anyone on the Council's terror list is put on a 'no-fly' list and has their assets frozen.

Martin Scheinin, the Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter terrorism says the decision was "political".

He also said the change was made without proper legal and human rights considerations.

"I think the Al Qaida list is ultra vires 1999, whereas the Taliban list 1998 is easier to fit under Security Council powers because it is about a concrete situation. The situation in Afghanistan which is very troubling so I can accept that had to peace and security. So the Security Council has authority to act. But I regret that doing so the Security Council has removed the most important due process guarantees that already were in place for the consolidated list namely the role of the Ombudsman and hence the delisting under the Taliban sanctions regime becomes purely political."

The list has grown to over 400 individuals and entities, says Scheinin.

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