The Anti-Terrorism Bill to be taken to Parliament today
A Bill for an Act to criminalize Terrorism and the financing of terrorism, to provide for the detection, prevention, prosecution, conviction and punishment of terrorist activities is expected to be brought before the fourth meeting of the third session of the ninth parliament which gets underway this morning at the House of Assembly.
The Bill which will also seek the forfeiture, confiscation and seizure of terrorist’s assets and those involved in the financing of terrorism and for related matters will be tabled by Hon Minister for National Security, Justice, and Immigration Rayburn Blackmoore.
There has been much public debate over the proposed anti-terrorism bill, with both the opposition United Workers Party and Freedom Party calling for a review of its contents.
Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says the Bill is in keeping with legislation being throughout CARICOM and says that Dominica must play its part in the war on terror.
Mr Skerrit says however that government is prepared to listen to the concerns coming from those opposing the bill.
Other Bills on the order paper are for introduction of a bill for an act to amend the Customs Act, No. 20 of 2010.
For introduction of a Bill for an Act to institute a system to facilitate the provisions of advance information relating to passengers and crew members of an aircraft or a vessel, to establish protocols for the sharing of such information with other states for the purpose of identifying persons who may pose risks to security and connected matters.
Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is also expected to move a motion for a resolution for authorisation for a credit facility from the international development association for funding of housing recovery projects.
The Prime Minister will also move another motion seeking authorization for a credit facility from the international development association for the funding of emergency agricultural livelihoods and climate resilience projects.
The opposition has also submitted one question for written response.
Parliamentary representative for Salisbury Hector John will ask the prime minister for information relating to official travels from January 1st 2017 to present.
To include dates, countries travelled to, duration of each trip, purpose of each trip, cost of each trip, and the name of institutions which met the cost of each trip.
Parliament will be broadcast live on all frequencies of DBS radio from 10 this morning.