On Friday (1 March), the UK designated the entirety of Hizbollah as a terrorist organisation under the Terrorism Act 2000, on the basis that the Government is “no longer able to distinguish between their already banned military wing and the political party”. Hizbollah is accused of interference in the Syrian war and continuing “to amass weapons in direct contravention of UN Security Resolutions”. Now, being a member of or inviting support for Hizbollah will be a criminal offence with a sentence of up to 10 years’ imprisonment. See Terrorism Act 2000 (Proscribed Organisations) (Amendment) Order 2019 and Home Office Notice.
Ansaroul Islam, which operates in Burkina Faso, and JNIM, based in the Sahel region, have also been proscribed for alleged connections to terrorism.
In a separate order laid in Parliament on Monday (25 February), the following groups were also designated as terrorist organisations from Tuesday (26 February):
• Revolutionary People’s Liberation Front (DHKC)
• Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party (DHKP)
• Revolutionary People’s Liberation Front/Armed Propaganda Units (DHKC/SPB) as aliases of the Revolutionary Peoples’ Liberation Party—Front (Devrimci Halk Kurtulus Partisi-Cephesi) (DHKP-C) which is already proscribed
• Jaysh Khalid Bin Walid (JKbW) (JKW), Jaysh Khalid bin al-Walid (KBW) and Khalid ibn-Walid Army (KBWA) as aliases of Daesh
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