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Review of existing UN terrorism listing – public submissions

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The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade invites members of the public to comment on a review of Australia's existing listing of Al-Nusrah Front implemented pursuant to United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution 1373 (2001).

Al-Nusrah Front was listed on 16 March 2013 due to its links with Al-Qaida. In accordance with the Charter of the United Nations Act 1945 (CotUNA), the Government is reviewing this listing to determine whether it should be extended for a further three years.

UNSC resolution 1373 requires all UN Member States to prevent and suppress terrorist acts. Australia implements these obligations in Part 4 of CotUNA and the Charter of the United Nations (Dealing with Assets) Regulations 2008. These laws make it a criminal offence to use or deal with the assets of, or to make assets available to, listed persons and entities.

Under the CotUNA, listings expire after three years, unless extended by the Minister for Foreign Affairs. The listing of Al-Nusrah Front is due to expire in March 2016.

Al-Nusrah Front was also listed by the UNSC on 30 May 2013 for ISIL (Da'esh) and Al-Qaida sanctions, which Australia implements under CotUNA and the Charter of the United Nations (Sanctions – Al-Qaida) Regulations 2008. The ISIL (Da'esh) and Al-Qaida listing will not be affected by the current review and will remain in effect.

Details of all persons and entities listed by Australia under resolution 1373 are on the DFAT Consolidated List.

Further information, including details of the listing being reviewed, how to make a submission and the process for a listed person or entity to seek revocation of a listing is on the DFAT website.

Last Updated: 12 February 2016
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