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UAE announces appeals process for groups on terror blacklist

The UAE announced yesterday how organisations listed on the terror blacklist, which was issued two months ago and included 83 groups, can appeal against the decision to include them, the UAE’s official news agency WAM reported.

The mechanisms include five steps which end with a decision by the ministerial council passed to the appeals court through the Ministry of Justice.

On 15 November, 2014, the UAE announced a terror blacklist that included 83 local and international groups and movements. The list included the Islamic State, Muslim Brotherhood, 23 Syrian organisations, 14 organisations in Europe and six from Pakistan.

The list also included the Global Union for Muslim Scholars, which is the largest institutional body for Sunni Muslims around the world. In addition, it included the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

WAM said that the blacklist was issued based on federal law number VII, 2014, which was issued on August and is the basis of anti-terror crimes. According to that law, terror suspects could be sentenced to death.

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