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Japan's PSIA Includes PKK in Updated Terrorist Organisation List

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Japan's PSIA Includes PKK in Updated Terrorist Organisation List

The Japanese Embassy in Ankara has recently announced an update to the Public Security Intelligence Agency's (PSIA) list of terrorist organizations. This update marks the inclusion of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) on the list, reinforcing Japan's stance from 2002 that identifies the PKK as a terrorist group. This move has resulted in the freezing of the PKK's assets. The inclusion of the PKK in this list arrives after its conspicuous absence in the previous version, which featured various global and local terrorist groups such as ISIS/Daesh, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, the Japanese Red Army, and Aum Shinrikyo.

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Japan Condemns PKK's Terrorist Activities

The Japanese government has expressed its unequivocal condemnation of the PKK's terrorist activities. The PKK, embroiled in a conflict with Turkey that has spanned over three decades, has been held accountable for more than 40,000 deaths. The victims of their violent campaigns include women, children, and infants.

PKK's Recognition as a Terrorist Organization

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Japan is not the only nation recognizing the PKK as a terrorist organization. This viewpoint is shared by Turkey, the United States, and the European Union. The PKK's inclusion on these nations' respective terrorist lists underscores the global recognition of the group's activities as acts of terror.

The PSIA's Updated Terrorism Regional Situation Catalogue

In addition to listing recognized terrorist organizations, the PSIA's updated Terrorism Regional Situation catalogue now offers an in-depth look into the historical and current activities of these groups. This includes data on ISIS/Daesh, the PKK, and Al-Qaeda. The catalogue serves as a comprehensive resource for understanding the evolution and current status of global terrorist organizations.

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