Sunday, November 2, 2008

UN "blacklist" of suspected terrorists faces legal setback

Craig Whitlock, of the Washington Post Foreign Service, has an important story on the front page of The Washington Post, Sunday Nov. 2, “Terrorism Financing Blacklists at Risk: Global system faces multiple challenges,” link here.

The United Nations maintains a “blacklist” of 503 entities (including a few individuals) imposing a travel ban on them and freezing their assets. However, in September the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg declared that the blacklist violates the fundamental rights of those named. One reason is that it does not allow disclosure of the charges or any effective challenge, and violates what would be constitutional procedural safeguards in many countries, including the United States.

A copy of the judgment (in English) is available on a website in Germany in PDF format, here.

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