Proscribing Hezbollah as a terrorist organisation

A draft order was laid in Parliament on 25 February to proscribe Hezbollah in its entirety – rather than just its military wing – as a terrorist organisation, which will bring the UK into line with the US, Canada, Israel and the Arab League. The order will make it a criminal offence to be a member, or invite support for Hezbollah, and will carry a sentence of up to 10 years’ imprisonment.

This BICOM briefing describes the history of Hezbollah, its ongoing involvement in the Syrian civil war fighting for the regime of President Bashar Assad, its regional policies, and its terrorist and criminal activities in Europe and the UK. It also analyses the practical significance of the whole organisation being proscribed as a terrorist group.

The full paper is available as a PDF below.

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