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  • Charity & Security Network
    many guidelines and best practice standards developed by charitable and philanthropic organizations They reflect due diligence practices that protect charitable assets to be used solely for charitable purposes Read more about Examples of Charitable Sector Standards 2011 Sphere Handbook Includes Expanded Operating Standards for Humanitarian Responders Date April 19 2011 The 2011 edition of the Sphere Handbook was released on April 14 It includes a series of Core and Minimum Standards for humanitarian actors during all stages of the assistance process from initial planning stages to the assessment of the aid delivery Standards in the 2011 edition deal with four sets of life saving areas water and sanitation food security shelter and heal Read more about 2011 Sphere Handbook Includes Expanded Operating Standards for Humanitarian Responders 2011 Sphere Handbook Offers Expanded Operating Standards for Humanitarian Responders Date April 15 2011 As part of a global effort to improve the quality of humanitarian response to populations affected by disaster and armed conflict the 2011 edition of the Sphere Handbook was released on April 14 2011 The handbook describes the fundamental principles that govern humanitarian action during these times and offers best practices for all phases of humanitarian assistance The 2011 edition includes a special focus on Protection Principles which consider the protection a Read more about 2011 Sphere Handbook Offers Expanded Operating Standards for Humanitarian Responders 2011 Sphere Handbook Offers Expanded Operating Standards for Humanitarian Responders Date April 15 2011 As part of a global effort to improve the quality of humanitarian response to populations affected by disaster and armed conflict the 2011 edition of the Sphere Handbook was released on April 14 2011 The handbook describes the fundamental principles that govern humanitarian action during these times and offers best practices for all phases of humanitarian assistance The 2011 edition includes

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    Anti Terrorist Financing Guidelines US EU Grantmaker Groups Publish Accountability Principles for International Philanthropy The Council on Foundations COF and the European Foundation Center have published Principles of Accountability for International Philanthropy the result of a two year consultative process of grantmakers and stakeholders from four continents The COF press release announcing the document says Read more about US EU Grantmaker Groups Publish Accountability Principles for International Philanthropy US EU Grantmaker Groups Publish Accountability Principles for International Philanthropy The Council on Foundations COF and the European Foundation Center have published Principles of Accountability for International Philanthropy the result of a two year consultative process of grantmakers and stakeholders from four continents The COF press release announcing the document says Read more about US EU Grantmaker Groups Publish Accountability Principles for International Philanthropy US EU Grantmaker Groups Publish Accountability Principles for International Philanthropy The Council on Foundations COF and the European Foundation Center have published Principles of Accountability for International Philanthropy the result of a two year consultative process of grantmakers and stakeholders from four continents The COF press release announcing the document says Read more about US EU Grantmaker Groups Publish Accountability Principles for International Philanthropy Treasury Posts Risk Matrix for Charities Date April 20 2006 External Link From OMB Watch In March 2007 without public announcement or comment the U S Department of the Treasury s Office of Foreign Assets Control OFAC published a Risk Matrix for the Charitable Sector on its website The Introduction of the publication says the matrix is meant to help charities comply with U S sanctions programs that prohibit transactions with designated terrorists or certain countries Read more about Treasury Posts Risk Matrix for Charities Charities Call For Withdrawal of Anti Terror Guidelines Date December 19 2006 External Link From OMB Watch BNA Money

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  • Human Rights Overview | Charity & Security Network
    Rights Council Admits Shortcomings State and Justice Officials Respect for Human Rights Fundamental to Combat Terrorism US Nonprofits Highlighted in UN Human Rights Submission UN Will Investigate Human Right Record of US in Universal Periodic Review NGO Impartiality May Upset Some But it is Important to All 2008 2009 State Department Leaders Promote Human Rights as Antidote to Violence Geneva Conventions Turn 60 Still Relevant Sri Lankan Government Denies Access to Aid Groups Thought about Charities on Human Rights Day 2009 National Security Advisor Stresses Need to Address Drivers of Terrorism 300 000 Sri Lankans Need Aid Funds Seized by Government Multimedia Film Profiling Prejudice in National Security Measures Book Civil Right in Wartime Reports Law Review Transformation of international Law Post 9 11 Paper Is the U S Undermining International Humanitarian Law Report U S Anti Terror Policies Hurt Women and Girls Around the World ICNL Database of Legal Resources for Non Profits Report U S Should Embrace Responsibility to Protect R2P UN Expert Rights of Assembly and Association Must Be Protected Report U S Needs to Address Human Rights Obligations State Dept Human Rights Report Denounces Crackdown on Civil Society Report Restrictions on NGO Funding Hamper Work of Human Rights Defenders Threats to Civil Society on Rise says CIVICUS 2013 Report Why Right is Might Respecting Human Rights Norms Help Counterterrorism Efforts ICG International Community Asked to Remove Barriers to Aid Delivery in Pakistan AFP Promoting Human Rights at the International Level UN Expert Rights To Assemble and Associate Must be Protected Special Rapportuer UN Expert Anti terrorism Efforts Must Address the Causes of Human Rights Abuses Human Rights Watch Counterterrorism and Human Rights Abuses CHRGJ U S Anti Terror Policies Hurt Women and Girls Around the World ICRC Red Cross Task Force Defines Direct Participation in Hostilities

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  • Egyptian Court Sentencing of NGO Workers Sends Chill Through Civil Society | Charity & Security Network
    the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights for violating the right to freedom of association Even before the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak in 2011 Egyptian civil society operated in a restrictive environment The country s law governing NGOs activities was described by the International Journal of Not for Profit Law as vague arbitrary and unnecessarily severe Egypt was also among only five countries in the world found to be fully compliant with the Financial Action Task Force s FATF rules on nonprofit organizations following a review by the World Bank in May 2009 Critics of the FATF s rules say they are being used by governments as an instrument to further cut back on the space of civil society freedom to access and distribute financial resources for development conflict resolution and human rights work If they pass the law in its current form said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui deputy Middle East and North Africa program director at Amnesty International the Egyptian authorities would send a message that little has changed since the Mubarak era which the authorities restricted independent human rights organizations to stop them from exposing abuses The court also ordered the closure of five foreign NGOs operating in Egypt and for their funds to be confiscated The groups are Freedom House the International Republican Institute the National Democratic Institute NDI and the International Centre for Journalists ICFJ and Konrad Adenauer Foundation KAS Five of the 43 NGO workers including three Egyptians an American and a German were sentenced to two years in jail Twenty seven others were tried in absentia and received five year jail terms 11 other Egyptian NGO staffers received one year suspended sentences Sen Patrick Leahy D VT and others prominent lawmakers released short statements after the decision to convict 43 NGOs workers was announced House

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  • UN Expert: Rights of Assembly and Association Must Be Protected | Charity & Security Network
    specific measures to protect the civil society sector from undue restrictions to their right to freedom of association These restrictions on civil society run counter to their intended goals of preventing terrorism According to Kiai bolstering civil society rather than restricting it is a more effective means to combat terrorism He states civil society organizations play a significant role in combatting terrorism By their direct connections with the population and their prodigious work in inter alia poverty reduction peacebuilding humanitarian assistance human rights and social justice including in politically complex environments civil society plays a crucial role against the threat of terrorism The report raises the issues of sectoral equity noting that commercial companies and other entities have been abused for terrorist purposes and calling on states to avoid measures that disproportionately target or burden civil society organizations such as imposing onerous vetting rules procedures of other CSO specific requirements not applied to the corporate sector at large Kiai notes that unregistered associations have protection under international human rights standards and are eligible to access funding He notes that the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights makes no distinction between registered and unregistered associations The justification for restrictions on civil society are limited those which the Covenant s article 22 paragraph 2 describes as prescribed by law and which are necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security or public safety public order the protection of public health or morals or the protection of the rights and freedoms of others Kiai warns that these are subject to a proportionality and necessity test and restrictive measures must be the least intrusive means to achieve the desired objective emphasis added He notes that while transparency and accountability regulations for civil society can be a legitimate interest of government

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  • UN Human Rights Council: Nations Must Protect Human Rights Defenders | Charity & Security Network
    political arena It also calls for reviewing and where necessary amending relevant legislation and its implementation in order to ensure compliance with international human rights law The unanimous support of this resolution sends an important signal of support to all the courageous people who are fighting against human rights violations all over the world Geir Sjøberg the Human Rights Counselor for the Norwegian Mission to the UN said in an interview to ReliefWeb days after its passing We must now work to ensure that this resolution is translated into concrete results on the ground and leads to an improvement in the situation of human rights defenders Norway had introduced the resolution Earlier in the month Margaret Sekaggya the Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders presented her report to HRC noting that national human rights institutions play a key role in advising governments about their human rights obligations and mainstreaming international human rights principles and standards in public law and policymaking But they are increasingly facing restrictions and other challenges that constrain or undermine the independence and efficiency of their work To remedy this the Special Rapporteur called on governments to ensure the work and safety of civil society in accordance with standards found in international law such as the Paris Principles From anti terrorism and other legislation relating to public security to legislation governing registration functioning and funding of associations from defamation and blasphemy legislation to legislation relating to public morals States are using laws and administrative provisions to unduly restrict the work of human rights defenders Sekaggya said during her presentation States should ensure proper consultation processes when new legislation is being discussed and should be open to assessing the impact of existing legislation she continued adding this requires close cooperation and frank engagement with the main stakeholders in particular with civil society Resources for Human Rights Defenders Based on widely accepted human rights and principles found in international agreements and law the UN s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Declaration of Human Rights Defenders says everyone has a responsibility to promote and protect human rights It outlines protections accorded to human rights defenders and the obligations of governments with regard to respecting human rights Rights of civil society include To form associations and non governmental organizations To make complaints about official policies and acts relating to human rights and to have such complaints reviewed To effective protection under national law in reacting against or opposing through peaceful means acts or omissions attributable to the State that result in violations of human rights and To solicit receive and utilize resources for the purpose of protecting human rights including the receipt of funds from abroad Obligations for governments include To protect promote and implement all human rights To ensure that all persons under its jurisdiction are able to enjoy all social economic political and other rights and freedoms in practice To provide an effective remedy for persons who claim to have been victims of a human rights

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  • UN Holds First High Level Meeting on Rule of Law, Stresses Role of Civil Society | Charity & Security Network
    and the United Nations The commitments are grouped in four categories the adoption of a program of action the broadening of the rule of law debate including the establishment of a forum open to civil society the launching of a process to set common goals for the rule of law with corresponding benchmarks and indicators to measure the progress achieved the creation of a mechanism of voluntary pledges on the rule of law to be made by member states The plan calls on all UN member countries to commit themselves to granting all individuals their full right to association and assembly and to supporting civil society organizations and giving them the necessary legislative and political space to thrive The plan also suggests the creation of a consultative forum on the rule of law open to all member states NGOs academic institutions and the private sector which would meet periodically to discuss specific thematic issues and to report to the General Assembly Speaking at the same meeting Louise Arbour the president and CEO of the International Crisis Group ICG talked about the ambiguity and popularity of the term rule of law among policymakers and experts who use it under vastly different priorities and interests Lacking a proper definition he said The robust enforcement of laws that violate fundamental human rights can entrench authoritarians and worse still give them the additional veneer of respectability associated with respect for the Rule of Law In a related New York Times op ed from September 2012 Arbour added The real rule of law is substantive and encompasses many human rights requirements It reflects the idea of equality in a substantive way not just that no one is above the law but that everyone is equal before and under the law and is entitled to its

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  • UN Secretary-General: Obligations to Protect Civilians Not Being Met | Charity & Security Network
    and the summer 2010 floods in Pakistan In both cases U S law impaired effective aid delivery by humanitarian organizations exacerbating the hardship for civilians for more on this see Deadly Combination Disaster Conflict and the U S Material Support Law Ban urged all UN members to refrain from adopting national legislation policies or other measures that have the effect of inhibiting humanitarian actors in their efforts to engage non State armed groups for humanitarian purposes While engagement will not always result in improved protection its absence will almost certainly mean more civilian casualties in current conflicts the report said Examples of engagement between governments non governmental organizations NGOs and armed non state groups that resulted in positive developments were provided In the Philippines in 2009 both the Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front actively supported and cooperated with the non governmental organization Geneva Call to facilitate a verification mission to investigate the Front s alleged breaches of the Geneva Call deed of commitment banning anti personnel mines There are also examples of States and non State armed groups entering into agreements to respect international humanitarian law such as the agreement of the Philippines with the National Democratic Front and that of the Sudan with the Sudan People s Liberation Movement The report says that the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the Norwegian Refugee Council have commissioned a study on the impact of national counter terrorism measures on humanitarian action The study will include a review of relevant national legislation criminalizing engagement with designated entities an analysis of provisions in funding agreements limiting humanitarian activities and a review of how different humanitarian actors have reacted to such measures In addition the impact of such measures on humanitarian operations will be assessed and ways of reducing

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