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November 12, 2019
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Belong to terrorist organisations is not a crime: Natalie Bennett

LONDON: Green party leader Natalie Bennett has said that belonging to an organisation such as Islamic State, al-Qaida or the IRA should not be a crime in itself because people should be punished for what they do, not what they think.

Natalie Bennett said in an interview on Sunday that legislation that made it an offence merely to belong to certain organisations was outdated and it was important for the government to defend the principle of freedom of speech..


There are 65 international terrorist organisations and 14 Irish ones proscribed under UK terrorist legislation.

Belonging to those organisations, which include Islamic State, al-Qaida and the IRA, or even just showing support for them by wearing uniform or carrying flags is a criminal offence.