By JAN FERMON
Progress Lawyers Network
and Committee DEFEND International
It is obvious that Prof. Sison, like any EU citizen, has an interest to know how the Council takes the decision to label a person or an organisation as “terrorists”. The whole proceeding leading to very harsh sanctions has been set up as an administrative proceeding. The Council argues that there are no requirements of fair trial in such proceedings. The regulation has been made by the Council on the basis of its executive power. The list has been established as well by the Council on the basis of a secret file, probably based on secret service information. No contradiction whatsoever has been foreseen and no judicial review is foreseen before sanctions are imposed.