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EU court rules PKK improperly listed on 2002 terror watch list

[JURIST] The European Union's Court of First Instance [official website] Thursday ruled [judgment] that the Council of the European Union [official website] improperly listed the militant Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) [party website; FAS backgrounder] on its list of terrorist organizations in 2002 because it failed to state its justifications for doing so. An EU official said that a new terror blacklist has since been created in December 2007, which reportedly does include justifications for listing the PKK.

Last year, the European Court of Justice ruled [JURIST report] that the PKK could appeal its designation as a terror group. The PKK was outlawed in Turkey, the United States [JURIST report], and the European Union after the militant group waged a violent campaign to establish an independent Kurdish state in southeast Turkey. Reuters has more.

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