Send letters to Australian DFAT for removal of Jose Maria Sison, CPP and NPA from terrorist list

Dear Friend,

Please find attached three submissions to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), one to take the Jose Maria Sison off the Foreign Minister’s Terrorist List, and the other two to take off the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army.

Below is the notice posted on the DFAT website (link is under ‘counter terrorism’ at the bottom of the DFAT frontpage).

The deadline is this Friday (12 July), and you can submit by email.

It is a scandal that these listings ever happened, and it is well overdue that they be rescinded.

The draft submissions attached, while brief, contain the necessary information. You could choose to send the entire submission on your letterhead, or you could summarise it down if you wish.

I hope that DFAT receives a large number of submissions from Australians and from many people around the world. 

In solidarity,

Peter Murphy
Philippines Australia Union Link


MEDIA RELEASE
12 June 2013

Review of UN terrorism listings – Public Submissions 

Members of the public are invited to comment on a governmental review of Australia’s listings of persons and entities associated with terrorism, implemented pursuant to United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution 1373 (2001).

UNSC resolution 1373 (2001) imposes obligations on all UN Member States to suppress terrorism. Australia implements these obligations in Part 4 of the Charter of the United Nations Act 1945 (the Act) and the Charter of the United Nations (Dealing with Assets) Regulations 2008. These laws make it a criminal offence to use or deal with the assets of, or to make assets available to, listed persons and entities.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs must list a person or entity if satisfied on reasonable grounds that he, she or it, meets the criteria set out in paragraph 1(c) of UNSC Resolution 1373, that is, the person or entity is:

  1. a person who commits, or attempts to commit, terrorist acts or participates in, or facilitates, the commission of terrorist acts;

  2. an entity owned or controlled directly or indirectly by such a person; or

  3. a person or entity acting on behalf of, or at the direction of, such a person or entity.

The listing of a person or entity expires after three years, unless it is extended by the Minister for Foreign Affairs. The listings of 87 of the 93 currently listed persons and entities are due to expire in 2013. The Government is reviewing these listings to determine whether they should be extended.

The details of persons and entities listed by the Australian Government pursuant to UNSC resolution 1373 (2001), including when a listing expires, can be found on the DFAT Consolidated List.

Submissions

The Government invites public comments related to any listed person or entity whose listing is due to expire in 2013. Submissions should provide information or comment on whether the individual or entity meets the criteria set out in paragraph 1(c) of UNSC resolution 1373 (2001) (see above).

All submissions should be e-mailed to: asset.freezing@dfat.gov.au

Alternatively, submissions can be posted to:

Attention Director, Sanctions and Transnational Crime Section
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
R.G. Casey Building
John McEwen Crescent
Barton ACT 0221 Australia

Submissions must be received by 12 July 2013. The Department reserves the right not to consider late submissions.

Revocation

Separate from the review of listings, a listed person or entity may apply at any time to the Minister for Foreign Affairs to have the listing revoked. The application must be in writing and set out the circumstances relied upon to justify the application.

Applications may be submitted in writing to:

The Minister for Foreign Affairs
Attention Director, Sanctions and Transnational Crime Section
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
John McEwen Crescent
Barton ACT 0221
AUSTRALIA

or by e-mail to: asset.freezing@dfat.gov.au

For more information: DFAT Media Liaison: (02)6261 1555


PETER MURPHY
Coordinator
SEARCH Foundation

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ATTACHMENTS:

Submission DFAT listing Jose Maria Sison July 2013.docx
Submission DFAT listing CPP July 2013.docx
Submission DFAT listing NPA July 2013.docx

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