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Media Release | Albanese government finally lists Houthis as a terrorist organisation

May 24, 2024

Friday 24 May 2024

I welcome the government’s decision to finally list the Houthis (Ansar Allah) as a terrorist organisation under the Criminal Code Act 1995. This listing means that it is a Commonwealth criminal offence to be a member of, associate with, participate in, train with, or support this terrorist organisation – is punishable by up to 25 years imprisonment.

I first called upon the government to designate the Houthis as a terrorist organisation on 9 January 2024 in a letter directly to the Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil and the Attorney General Mark Dreyfus.

The Houthis have for years targeted civilians as part of the conflict in Yemen, carrying out widespread violations of international humanitarian law. This organisation has directly attempted military strikes on our ally Israel, and has also disrupted international shipping through the Red Sea. These attacks prompted the US Government – in conjunction with its allies – to launch Operation Prosperity Guardian to protect cargo ships, but regrettably the Albanese government refused to send Australian navy vessels to support this operation.

I reiterate the Coalition’s request for the government to take similar action and finally designate the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organisation, as we have previously called for multiple times due to its egregious acts of violence and its support for other listed terror groups, such as the Houthis, Hamas and Hezbollah.

The Opposition stands ready to offer bipartisan support in taking the necessary steps to enable the listing of the IRGC, and we urge the government’s swift and positive consideration of this issue.


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