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Terrifying Financial Blacklists Falling Down

There’s a list, maintained by the UN security council, of people who can’t have their money. Once you’re on the list, there’s no way to get off.

The global blacklisting system for financiers of al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups is at risk of collapse, undermined by legal challenges and waning political support in many countries, according to counterterrorism officials in Europe and the United States.

In September, the European Court of Justice threw the future of the United Nations’ sanctions program against al-Qaeda and the Taliban into doubt when it declared the blacklist violated the “fundamental rights” of those targeted. The Luxembourg-based court said the list lacked accountability and made it almost impossible for people to challenge their inclusion.

See “Terrorism Financing Blacklists At Risk” in the Washington Post.

One comment on "Terrifying Financial Blacklists Falling Down"

  • Antonomasia says:

    Several years ago I read a short newpaper article on the (non-famous) bus driver Slobodan Milosovic who had this problem.

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