United Kingdom – The white supremacist group, Atomwaffen Division, has today become a proscribed terrorist organisation in the UK, with National Socialist Order listed as its alias, following an Order, which was laid in Parliament on Monday (19 April), coming into force.
This means that members of Atomwaffen Division or those who invite support for the group could be jailed for up to 10 years.
The group and its alias have now been added to the list of proscribed organisations.
Atomwaffen Division claimed it had disbanded in March 2020 following pressure from US law enforcement agencies, but in July 2020, National Socialist Order announced itself online as its ‘successor’. The government assesses that it is the same group operating under a different name but adhering to the same twisted ideology as it did when it was called Atomwaffen Division.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said:
“Vile and racist white supremacist groups like this exist to spread hate, sow division and advocate the use of violence to further their sick ideologies.
I will do all I can to protect young and vulnerable people from being radicalised which is why I am taking action to proscribe this dangerous group.”
The terrorist group has inspired other loosely affiliated groups abroad, including Feuerkrieg Division, which the UK proscribed as a terrorist organisation in July 2020.
Proscribing Atomwaffen Division and listing National Socialist Order as its alias will support the police in their work to disrupt the threat that these white supremacist groups continue to pose to the UK’s national security, including by supporting efforts to remove online content associated with the group.
The decision to proscribe the group follows a meeting of the Proscription Review Group, which brings together representatives from operational partners, the intelligence community and other experts from across government to assess the risk posed by groups which may be considered for proscription.