New Zealand designates seven groups as terrorist entities

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New Zealand has designated a further seven international terrorist groups under the Terrorism Suppression Act, Prime Minister John Key announced on Tuesday.

The seven groups are: Indian Mujahideen, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the military wing of Hamas (Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades), the Real Irish Republican Army, the Continuity Irish Republican Army, the New Peoples Army/Communist Party of the Philippines, and Hezbollah's military wing (The Islamic Resistance).

"These designations help implement our international obligations under United Nations Security Council Resolution 1373, which is aimed at preventing the activities of terrorists," Key said in a statement.

"As a result of the designations, any assets held by the groups and found in New Zealand either now or in future will be frozen, and it will be a criminal offense to deal with property, or make property or financial services available, to the entities," he added.

Other support such as fundraising, and recruiting or harboring terrorists is a criminal offense in New Zealand, regardless of whether a group is designated as a terrorist entity or not, he said.

These designations are not a response to domestic terrorist threats in New Zealand. They form part of the New Zealand government's support for the building of an international bulwark against terrorist activities.

Key said the government is determined that New Zealand not be used to support terrorist activities.

To date, New Zealand has designated under UN Security Council Resolution 1267 nearly 500 terrorist groups and individuals listed by the UN, and four other terrorist entities not already listed by the UN. These are: Al-Shabaab (Somalia), ETA (Spain), FARC ( Colombia) and PKK (Turkey).

Source: Xinhua


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