UNSC creates Ombudsman to examine terror sanctions de-listing
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Last Updated: Friday, December 18, 2009, 12:48
United Nations: In a significant move, the UN Security Council has authorised the creation of an office of Ombudsman, to help deal with the question of delisting of persons and entities figuring in the council's al Qaeda and Taliban sanctions list.

In a unanimous resolution, the UNSC revised its guidelines concerning the listing of individuals and entities linked to al-Qaeda and the Taliban.

It authorised creation of an Office of Ombudsperson, for an initial period of 18 months, which would help deal with the question of removing individuals and entities from that list.

The independent "Ombudsperson" will be appointed to examine complaints of wrongful inclusion in the list, to help head off legal challenges.

The list, first set up in 1999 has around 500 names, but over 30 of them are believed to be dead, officials said.

There are also about 30 pending court cases across the world, filed by people who say they are unfairly targeted by the sanctions.

Terming it as a very important resolution, the US Ambassador to UN Susan Rice, said it reaffirms the global consensus against al Qaeda and the Taliban strengthens implementation of these critical sanctions; and improves the fairness and transparency of the regime.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, December 18, 2009, 12:48

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