Source: Amnesty International –
Turkey’s shameless exploitation of the findings of an international terrorism financing and money laundering watchdog to rush through a draconian new law targeting civil society organisations is a warning to the world that must be challenged, said Amnesty International in a new briefing published today. The publication comes ahead of an annual review meeting of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) between 21 – 25 June.
Weaponizing counter-terrorism: Turkey’s exploitation of terrorism financing assessment to target civil society reveals how a new law adopted under the guise of combatting terrorism financing threatens to undermine the legitimate work of civil society organisations. Law No. 7262 on the Prevention of the Financing of the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction introduces new measures that violate the rights to freedom of association and expression, as well as internationally recognized fair trial guarantees.
“This outlandish law bulldozed through at breakneck speed on the pretext of combating terrorism is a thinly disguised attempt to ratchet up the pressure on a sector already reeling from more than five years of a relentless crackdown,” said Amnesty International’s Europe Director, Nils Muižnieks.
This outlandish law bulldozed through at breakneck speed on the pretext of combating terrorism is a thinly disguised attempt to ratchet up the pressure on a sector already reeling