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India will host the ‘No Money For Terror’ meet in 2020, thrives for global resolve against those who support or help generate finance for terror groups

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By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 7 November: India today came down heavily on nations and organizations that have been extending support to and generate finances for terror groups. Without naming Pakistan, India said it itself is a victim of cross-border terrorism and that’s why it has been advocating zero-tolerance towards terrorism.NDTV adds: India will host the next edition of the ”No Money For Terror” conference to be held in 2020, Union Minister G Kishan Reddy made the announcement at the ”No Money For Terror” conference here.

These views came from India’s Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Mr. G. Kishan Reddy, who was addressing the conference ” No Money for terror” and during an intervention where the discussion point was – A reassessment of the evolving global and regional terrorism threat environment and financing methods, including the exploitation of emerging technologies and not-for-profit organizations.

He said, “India has been steadfastly expressing its concern over the tacit support some nations/organizations have been extending to the terror groups and called for a united global fight against all those who support terror or help terrorists generate finances for their nefarious objectives. Being a victim of cross-border terrorism in particular, India has been advocating zero-tolerance towards terrorism.

As all of us are aware, the UN Security Council in March 2019 adopted a resolution 2462-l calling upon all UN members to prevent and suppress the financing of terrorist acts and refrain from providing security to those involved with them. However, it is a matter of great concern for all of us that despite our collective intent, there have been obvious lacunae in terms of conscientiously implementing the resolutions adopted by the UNSC by certain member nations. It is, in this context, the present conference on ‘No Money for terror’ assumes significance, in terms of renewing our collective resolve.”

The Minister proposed the Conference should also make the following resolve:

- Terrorism is the single biggest threat not only to international peace and security but also to development;
- Countering terrorism and terrorism financing requires strong collective action by the global community. There is a need for increasing the effectiveness of the UNSCR 1267 regime. A strong legal framework also needs to be established in order to address this problem. In this context, nations must urgently consider expediting finalization of a Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism under the UN umbrella mooted by India as early as 1996;

- FATF has laid down effective anti-money laundering and counter financing of terrorism
standards and procedures. However, these mechanisms need to be effectively enforced.
There is a need to avoid politicization of mechanisms like UN listings and FATF and

- Initiate discussion on Countering Financing of Radicalisation (CFR), which would prevent
radicalization – an essential prerequisite for terrorism.

Australia’s Minister for Home Affairs Hon. Peter Dutton MP opened the “No Money for Terror” international conference in Melbourne today. 67 countries, including India, are part of the conference. Twenty Ministers from across the globe are attending the two-day event which will end on 8 November 2019.

Australia to ban live streaming of violent crimes on social media

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By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 30 March: The Scott Morrison government plans to bring legislation against ‘technology products’ ‘exploited by murderous terrorists’. The new law is likely to fine social media companies and jail bosses for any ‘live streaming’ of Christchurch type terror attacks.

The legislation is expected to bring social media companies at par with mainstream media who risk ‘putting their licence at risk’ based on the existing criminal code lows, says the Attorney general Christian Peter.

The proposed law will include two new set of offences:

· It will be a criminal offence for social media platforms not to remove abhorrent violent material expeditiously. This will be punishable by 3 years’ imprisonment or fines that can reach up to 10% of the platform’s annual turnover.

· Platforms anywhere in the world must notify the AFP if they become aware their service is streaming abhorrent violent conduct that is happening in Australia. A failure to do this will be punishable by fines of up to $168,000 for an individual or $840,000 for a corporation.

“The Bill will not impact the ability of news media to report on events which are in the public interest,” Minister Fifield said.

“Australia’s mainstream media already adopt a sensible approach to broadcasting material which can cause harm to individuals, as is required under their licensing arrangements.”

“The focus of this Bill is to put responsibility back on the social media giants to prevent their platforms being co-opted by terrorists, criminals, and violent extremists,” the Attorney-General said.

Australia apologizes to Dr. Haneef over false terror charge and detention in 2007

Dr. Haneef: Vindicated

By Neeraj Nanda

Melbourne, 23 December : Australia has made a formal apology to Indian doctor Mohamed Haneef for his wrongful detention in 2007 over failed terrorist attacks at airports in London and Glasgow.
The move follows the payment of undisclosed compensation to Haneef, who was detained and charged with giving support to a terrorist organisation after his mobile phone SIM card was wrongly linked to the attempted car-bombings, reports AFP.

It further says:

“The AFP (Australian Federal Police) acknowledges that it was mistaken and that Dr. Haneef was innocent of the offence of which he was suspected,” said a statement on the attorney-general’s website.
“The (government) apologises and hopes that the compensation to be paid to Dr. Haneef will mark the end of an unfortunate chapter and allow Dr. Haneef to move forward with his life and career.”
Dr. Md. Haneef, who was wrongly charged of terrorism charges by the Liberal Howard government in 2007 after the failed terrorist acts in Glasgow, is to get a substantial compensation for his wrongful arrest by the Australian Federal Police (AFP). Dr. Haneef’s lawyer, Rod Hodgson told ABC Breakfast today that the Australian Government will also tender a public apology to Dr. Haneef apart from the compensation.
Dr. Haneef’s lawyer also said that the amount of the compensation ‘is under wraps’ and the doctor was ‘delighted with the outcome’. Estimates are that the compensation is around one million dollars. In 2007 the AFP spent around one and half million dollars in the case which led to the wrongful terrorism charges against Dr. Haneef.
The compensation deal is expected to remove the ‘stain’ on Australia for wrongfully charging and detaining an Indian doctor which was criticized by human rights campaigners and the Indian community in Australia.