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 U.S. Congress may designate 'DPR' as terrorist organization

Texas Senator Sheila Jackson Lee introduced "Donbas People's Militia Terrorist Designation Act of 2015" to the Congress on Jan. 6.

According to the document, "Anti-Kyiv forces in eastern Ukraine are abducting, attacking, and harassing people they suspect of supporting the Ukrainian government or consider undesirable." "Leaders and members of these armed groups commit an increasing number of human rights abuses, such as abductions, harassment, unlawful detentions, in particular of journalists," Censor.NET reports citing Novyi Rehion.

The text of the bill reads: "the Donbas People's Militia has met the criteria for designation as a foreign terrorist organization," and "the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Attorney General and the Secretary of the Treasury, should exercise the Secretary of State's statutory authority and designate the Donbas People's Militia as a foreign terrorist organization."

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There is also a separate section in the bill providing imposition of "sanctions against persons who knowingly provide material support or resources to the Donbas People's Militia or its affiliates, associated groups, or agents. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of State may not issue any visa to, and the Secretary of Homeland Security shall deny entry to the United States of, any member or representative of the Donbas People's Militia or its affiliates, associated groups, or agents. Any alien who is a member or representative of the Donbas People's Militia or its affiliates, associated groups, or agents may be removed from the United States."

 
 
 
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