List of designated terrorist groups
A number of national governments and two international organisations have created lists of organisations that they designate as terrorist. The following list of designated terrorist groups lists groups designated as terrorist by current and former national governments, and inter-governmental organizations. Such designations have often had a significant effect on the groups' activities. Many organizations that have been designated as terrorist have denied using terrorism as a military tactic to achieve their goals, and there is no international consensus on the legal definition of terrorism. Some organisations have multiple wings or components, one or more of which may be designated as terrorist while others are not.
This listing does not include unaffiliated individuals accused of terrorism, which is considered lone wolf terrorism. This list also excludes groups which might be widely considered terrorist, but who are not officially so designated according to the criteria specified above.
Organizations currently officially designated as terrorist by various governments
Organizations officially designated as terrorist in the past
Below is the list of organizations that have officially been designated as terrorist in the past, by the respective parties, but have since been delisted.
Process of designation
Among the countries that publish a list of designated terrorist organizations, some have a clear established procedure for listing and delisting, and some are opaque. The Berghof Foundation argues that opaque delisting conditions reduce the incentive for the organization to abandon terrorism, while fuelling radicalism.
Since 2002, the Australian Government maintains a list of terrorist organizations under the Security Legislation Amendment (Terrorism) Act 2002. Listing, de-listing and re-listing follows a protocol that mainly involves the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation and the Attorney-General's Department.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs maintains a public list of designated terrorist individuals and entities.
Since 18 December 2001, section 83.05 of the Canadian Criminal Code allows the Governor in Council to maintain a list of entities that are engaged in terrorism, facilitating it, or acting on behalf of such an entity.
The European Union has two lists of designated terrorist organisations that provide for different sanctions for the two groups. The first list is copied from the United Nations, and the second is an autonomous list. As of 13 January 2020,[update] there are 21 organizations in the autonomous list.
The Government of Kazakhstan publishes a list of terrorist organizations banned by courts.
Kyrgyzstan maintains a consolidated list of "destructive, extremist and terrorist" organizations officially banned by courts. As of 26 December 2018,[update] the list includes 20 organizations and 12 of them are designated as terrorist organizations.
The Ministry of Home Affairs of Malaysia maintains a sanction list of individuals and organizations involved in terrorist activity. The list is regulated by the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds From Illegal Activities Act 2001 and is complementary to the United Nations Security Council sanction lists.
In Myanmar (formerly Burma), the Anti-Terrorism Central Committee is responsible for designating terrorist organisations in accordance with the country's counter-terrorism law. Designations must be approved by the union government before being official. There are only two groups on Myanmar's terror list: the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army and Arakan Army, declared on 25 August 2017 and January 2019
The New Zealand Police are responsible for coordinating any requests to the Prime Minister for designation as a terrorist entity. The designation of terrorist organizations is also guided by the Terrorism Suppression Act 2002. New Zealand also abides by several United Nations resolutions dealing with counter-terrorism including UN Resolutions 1267, 1989, 2253, 1988, and 1373.
Government of Pakistan under section 11-B of Anti Terrorism Act can declare an organization believed to be concerned with terrorism as a Proscribed Organization or put it under surveillance. Ministry of Interior issues the formal notification of proscription of an organization. National Counter Terrorism Authority is primarily concerned with monitoring for any signs of re-emergence through intelligence coordination, once an organization is proscribed.
People's Republic of China
This article needs to be updated. (January 2019)
In 2003, the Ministry of Public Security published a list of "East Turkestan" terrorist organizations on its website mps.gov.cn. This list was translated to English by the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the US.
The first group to be officially listed as a terrorist organization under the Human Security Act of 2007 is the Abu Sayyaf on 10 September 2015 by the Basilan provincial court. The Department of Foreign Affairs publishes a list of designated terrorist organizations under the Human Security Act or the Terrorism Financing Prevention and Suppression Act of 2012.
The passage of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 automatically recognized all terrorist group designations by the United Nations under Philippine law which includes the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Under the same law, the Anti-Terrorism Council was formed to designate groups as terrorists.
A single federal list of organizations recognized as terrorist is used by the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation. The National Anti-Terrorism Committee maintains a list of terrorist organizations on its website nac.gov.ru, named "Federal United list of Terrorist Organizations".
Sri Lanka named the following organizations as terrorist groups under the 'Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act, No. 48 of 1979 regulations, cited as the Prevention of Terrorism (Proscription of Extremist Organizations). According to the government, the decision to ban these groups was made in "good faith for the purpose of ensuring the continuance of peace within the country and in the interest of national security, public order, and the rule of law, the organizations..."
- The United Thawheed (Thowheedh) Jamma'ath (UTJ)
- Ceylon Thawheed (Thowheedh) Jamma'ath (CTJ)
- Sri Lanka Thawheed (Thowheedh) Jamma'ath (SLTJ)
- All Ceylon Thawheed (Thowheedh) Jamma'ath (ACTJ)
- Jamiyathul Ansaari Sunnathul Mohomadiya (JASM) alias
- Jamma'ath Ansaaris Sunnathil Mohomadiya Organization alias
- All Ceylon Jam-E- Athu Ansaris Sunnathil Mohammadiya alias
- Ansaris Sunnathil Mohammadiya Association alias
- Jama'ath Ansaris Sunnathil Mohammadiya
- Dharul Adhar alias Jamiul Athar Mosque alias
- Dharul Athar Quran Madrasa alias
- Dharul Aadhaar Ath'thabawiyya
- Sri Lanka Islamic Student Movement (SLISM) alias
- Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) alias
- Al-Dawlah al-Islamiah Dawla Islamia,
- Save the Pearls alias
- Save the Pearl Society and Super Muslim
In Ukraine, the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics are designated as terrorist organizations. Ukrainian authorities claim that the two organizations are made up of a rigid hierarchy, financing channels and supply of weapons with the purpose of deliberately propagating violence, seizing hostages, carrying out subversive activity, assassinations, and the intimidation of citizens.
United Arab Emirates
The Cabinet of the United Arab Emirates periodically issues resolutions to include individuals and organizations on its terrorist list. As of 4 March 2020,[update] issued resolutions are 2014/41, 2017/18, 2017/28, 2017/45, 2018/24 and 2018/50.
The United Nations does not have a list of all terrorist organizations. Instead, it has several lists focusing on international sanctions in particular contexts. The United Nations Security Council Resolution 1267 established lists focused Al-Qaeda, the Taliban and their associates. The listing process was later extended to include the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
- List of charities accused of ties to terrorism
- List of non-state groups accused of terrorism
- List of criminal enterprises, gangs and syndicates
- List of Islamic terrorist organizations
- Violent non-state actor
- United States designation of Al-Mourabitoun was done as an alias of Al-Mulathameen.
- Al-Nusra Front is considered an alias of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham by Canada, New Zealand and the United States. It is considered an alias of Al-Qaeda by the United Kingdom. Australia acknowledges that Al-Nusra Front is part of the umbrella group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, but it does not list Hayat Tahrir al-Sham as a terrorist organization.
- Iraq and United States lists Ansar al-Sharia in Libya as two separate organizations: Ansar al-Sharia in Benghazi and Ansar al-Sharia in Darnah.
- Boko Haram and Islamic State's West Africa Province are listed as two separate entities by the United Nations and the United States.
- Egyptian Islamic Jihad is considered an alias of Al-Qaeda by Canada.
- Harkat ul-Ansar is considered an alias of Harkat-ul-Mujahideen by the United Nations.
- The United Kingdom considers Hayat Tahrir al-Sham as an alias of Al-Qaeda.
- Jama'at Nasr al-Islam wal Muslimin is considered an alias of Al-Mourabitoun by Canada.
- Turkistan Islamic Party is considered an alias of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan by Canada. Bahrain and Malaysia list it under its former name, East Turkestan Islamic Movement.
- Ansar Bait al-Maqdis is considered an alias of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – Sinai Province by Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States.
- Australia lists Ansar Khalifa Philippines under the Islamic State East Asia entry.
- Australia lists Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters under the Islamic State East Asia entry.
- Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades are subsumed into Hamas by Canada and the United States.
- Canada, Malaysia and the United States list Hezbollah as a whole.
- The term "Irish Republican Army" is intended by the British government to "embrace all emanations, manifestations and representations of the IRA, whatever their relationship with each other", including the Provisional Irish Republican Army.
- note the United State Department lists the 2 different geographic branches of the group as ISIS-Democratic Republic of the Congo and ISIS-Mozambique.
- Kurdistan Freedom Hawks is considered an alias of Kurdistan Workers' Party by Australia.
- Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan list the Kurdistan Workers' Party as the Kurdistan People's Congress.
- Mujahideen Shura Council is considered an alias of Islamic State by Canada.
- Vanguards of Conquest is considered an alias of Al-Qaeda by Canada.
- Previously as East Turkestan Islamic Movement, now delisted claiming that it does not exist anymore.
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