The measures introduced by the Government to ban the terrorist groups of Hizballah, Ansaroul Islam and Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam Wal-Muslimin (JNIM) have come into force today. It will now be an offence under the 2000 Terrorism Act to either be a member of these groups or to canvass support for the groups.
Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, said in a statement:
“My priority as Home Secretary is to protect the British people. As part of this, we identify and ban any terrorist organisation which threatens our safety and security, whatever their motivations or ideology which is why I am taking action against several organisations today.
Hizballah is continuing in its attempts to destabilise the fragile situation in the Middle East – and we are no longer able to distinguish between their already banned military wing and the political party. Because of this, I have taken the decision to proscribe the group in its entirety.”
The Government has confirmed that it will be banning the right-wing group National Action under the Terrorism Act 2000. The group was created in 2013 and now that it has been banned it is a criminal offence for the group to continue to exist or for anyone to invite support for it.
The group had an estimated 60 to 100 members and had made attempts to increase its membership at a number of UK universities. Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, said in a statement:
“As Home Secretary, I am clear that the safety and security of our families, communities and country comes first. National Action is a racist, antisemitic and homophobic organisation which stirs up hatred, glorifies violence and promotes a vile ideology. It has absolutely no place in a Britain that works for everyone.
Proscribing it will prevent its membership from growing, stop the spread of poisonous propaganda and protect vulnerable young people at risk of radicalisation from its toxic views”.