Terror bans

The Terrorism Act 2000 defines terrorism in very broad ways, to include simply 'the threat' of 'serious damage to property', in ways 'designed to influence the government' for a 'political cause' anywhere in the world.  This broad definition stigmatizes a wide range of legitimate political activity as 'terrorism'.  The UK has banned organizations on the basis that their activities in other countries fit the broad definition of terrorism.

For more details read the CAMPACC paper:

Opposing the UK 'Terrorist' List: Persistence as Resistance February 2009 (pdf file)


New CAMPACC briefings (Dec 2010)

briefingsCAMPACC has produced 4 new briefings, available to download (pdf format):

Baluchistan under state terror: The UK ban on the Baluchistan Liberation Army

Euskal Herria: The struggle for independence in the Basque Country and the impact of ‘terrorist’bans

The UK ban on the PKK: Persecuting the Kurds

The Tamils of Sri Lanka - oppressed at home and persecuted in the UK


See recent CAMPACC work on:

Proscription on Trial: The Tamil Experience
Reports and speeches from a public meeting in Parliament in October 2009 on the purpose and continuing effects of the Terrorism Act 2000 in proscribing 'terrorist organisations'.

Two seminars on The Basque Country and Northern Ireland: Self-Determination, Proscription and Human Rights in the EU
Organised by CAMPACC, Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, Statewatch, Basque Solidarity Campaign, June - July 2009

A seminar series on 'Terrorist lists', proscription, designation and human rights
Organised by CAMPACC, the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers and Statewatch, 2008

'Terrorists' lists: monitoring proscription, designation and asset freezing
In June 2005 Statewatch, CAMPACC and the Human Rights and Social Justice Institute set up the 'Terrorist' list website monitoring proscription, designation and asset freezing.

Charities accounts frozen or denied
Under the ATCSA 2001, the authorities can seize property or cash, and freeze bank accounts, in cases of suspicion about 'terrorist' purposes.  These powers have been used to investigate charities and to freeze their bank accounts.  A prime target for such harassment has been Interpal, which funds humanitarian activities in occupied Palestine, yet investigations have found no evidence of terrorist links.

Communities targeted for harassment and prosecutions
CAMPACC has been campaigning against anti-terror laws being used against Kurdish, Tamil and other communities.


See CAMPACC responses to legislation:

CAMPACC Submission to the Joint Committee for Human Rights on the Terrorist Asset-Freezing etc. Bill, October 2010

CAMPACC submission to the Privy Council Review: Terrorising Minority Communities with 'Anti-Terrorism' Powers: their Use and Abuse, August 2003 (pdf) and read the Privy Council Review of the Anti-Terrorism Crime and Security Act 2001, Dec 2003 (pdf)

The Real State of Emergency. A comprehensive guide to the Anti-Terrorism Act 2001 published by CAMPACC in 2003

The end of Internment? CAMPACC statement in reponse to the Law Lords’ ruling on indefinite detention, 23 December 2004 and Read the Law Lords damning judgement on detention without trial (383kb), 16 December 2004 (pdf)

A Permanent State of Terror? a book published by CAMPACC in association with Index on Censorship, October 2003

See the legislation:

Full text of the ATCSA 2001.

Full text of the Terrorism Act 2000

List of Banned Groups and Entities