Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Extrajudicial punishment from the UK

The UK's latest tactic in its war on terror? Asset freezes and travel bans:

Four British citizens fighting with Islamic State militants in Syria are to be subject to UN sanctions in the first such move in a decade, Downing Street has said.

The UK government took the drastic step of asking for some of its own nationals to face UN travel bans and asset freezes, amid increasing alarm about the hundreds of Britons being tempted to travel to Iraq and Syria.


The individuals are deemed to be associated with “participating in the financing, planning, facilitating, preparing, or perpetrating of acts or activities by, in conjunction with, under the name of, on behalf of, or in support of”, “recruiting for” and “otherwise supporting acts or activities of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria”.

Deemed, of course, by the executive, without reference to any court, let alone a conviction by a jury. In other words, its simply extrajudicial punishment, in violation of the fundamentals of human rights and the rule of law. But that now seems to be par for the course from the UK's tyranny.