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  • Charity & Security Network
    For The Next American President UN Holds First High Level Meeting on Rule of Law Stresses Role of Civil Society Date October 3 2012 World leaders emphasized the essential link between respect for the rule of law and improving the lives of people living in conflict and post conflict societies at a UN meeting on Sept 24 2012 Attended by leaders of 80 nations and several prominent non governmental organizations NGOs the first ever UN high level meeting on the rule of law featured speakers praising the universality of international humanitarian law and the importance of ensuring civil society has the legislative and political space to thrive Read more about UN Holds First High Level Meeting on Rule of Law Stresses Role of Civil Society Rights To Assemble and Associate Must be Protected Date July 31 2012 Freedom to peacefully assemble and associate is to be considered the rule and limitations the exception UN Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai told the UN Human Rights Council HRC in June 2012 Kiai underscored the importance of civil society groups being able to raise money Without the ability to access funding from sources local regional or international this right becomes void the report said His statement came just days before Russia passed a law in July that tightens controls on civil rights groups funded from abroad a measure considered by many observers to stifle Kremilin opposition Read more about Rights To Assemble and Associate Must be Protected Rights To Assemble and Associate Must be Protected Date July 31 2012 Freedom to peacefully assemble and associate is to be considered the rule and limitations the exception UN Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai told the UN Human Rights Council HRC in June 2012 Kiai underscored the importance of civil society groups being able to raise money Without the ability to access funding from sources local regional or international this right becomes void the report said His statement came just days before Russia passed a law in July that tightens controls on civil rights groups funded from abroad a measure considered by many observers to stifle Kremilin opposition Read more about Rights To Assemble and Associate Must be Protected UN Secretary General Obligations to Protect Civilians Not Being Met Date June 27 2012 Speaking before the United Nations Security Council on June 25 2012 UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon and other senior UN officials presented a report on the abysmal state of the protection of civilians around the world today To meet the needs of civilians caught in harm s way it identifies five core areas of improvement enhancing compliance with international law ensuring greater respect of international law by non state actors through better engagement strengthening protection of civilians by peacekeeping and other missions ensuring humanitarian access and strengthening accountability for violation of international law Ban called on all parties to conflicts to ensure that humanitarian activities are free from political or military interference and that they can be carried out in full compliance with the

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    US Defends Human Rights Record Before UN UN and Experts Call for Increased Role of Civil Society in Countering Terror Date September 16 2010 On Sept 8 2010 the United Nations UN General Assembly reaffirmed its support for the UN anti terror strategy that in part calls for increasing engagement with civil society groups Read more about UN and Experts Call for Increased Role of Civil Society in Countering Terror UN and Experts Call for Increased Role of Civil Society in Countering Terror Date September 16 2010 On Sept 8 2010 the United Nations UN General Assembly reaffirmed its support for the UN anti terror strategy that in part calls for increasing engagement with civil society groups Read more about UN and Experts Call for Increased Role of Civil Society in Countering Terror UN and Experts Call for Increased Role of Civil Society in Countering Terror Date September 16 2010 On Sept 8 2010 the United Nations UN General Assembly reaffirmed its support for the UN anti terror strategy that in part calls for increasing engagement with civil society groups Read more about UN and Experts Call for Increased Role of Civil Society in Countering Terror U S s First Report to UN Human Rights Council Admits Shortcomings Date August 30 2010 On Aug 20 2010 the U S government made public its report on its human rights recor d to the U N High Commissioner for Human Rights The report is one step in the Universal Periodic Review UPR process in which UN member state s human rights records is examined once every four years This is the first time the U S Read more about U S s First Report to UN Human Rights Council Admits Shortcomings NGO Impartiality May Upset Some But Is Important for All Date

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  • Charity & Security Network
    thinking and the new approach that President Obama brings to the task of safeguarding the American people from violent extremism and terrorism Read more about National Security Advisor Stresses Need to Address Drivers of Violent Extremism Thoughts about Charities on Human Rights Day 2009 Date December 10 2009 Author Kay Guinane Human Rights Day December 10 is an important reminder of our shared values supporting and protecting the most vulnerable in the world and sustaining a democratic society The mission of the organizations that make up the Charity and Security Network is to make these values be more than a mission statement by putting them into practice When U S security policy creates unnecessary and unreasonable barriers to practicing these values we seek to remove them Read more about Thoughts about Charities on Human Rights Day 2009 State Department Leaders Promote Human Rights as an Antidote to Violence Date December 15 2009 In two speeches marking the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Daniel Benjamin State Department Coordinator for Counterterrorism acknowledged the role of poverty and injustice in leading people to violence They said the Obama administration will have a wide focus in addressing these issues To be successful this focus will need to address counterproductive rules for charities and charitable giving Read more about State Department Leaders Promote Human Rights as an Antidote to Violence 60 Years Later Universal Declaration of Human Rights Endures Date December 11 2008 The United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights sixty years ago on December 10 1948 A revolutionary document in its scope and language its impact on promoting and protecting human rights of every individual around the world cannot be understated The 33 rights proclaiming all human beings are born with inalienable rights and fundamental freedoms is regarded as the cornerstone of governments organizations and people working tirelessly to reduce or eliminate poverty torture and slavery Read more about 60 Years Later Universal Declaration of Human Rights Endures 300 000 Sri Lankans Urgently Need Aid Nonprofit Funds Seized by Government Date December 9 2008 Amnesty International AI is calling for urgent humanitarian aid for more than 300 000 people displaced by the ongoing conflict in the northern Wanni region of Sri Lanka Turmoil between the government and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam LTTE has left thousands of people in desperate need of shelter food and sanitation Read more about 300 000 Sri Lankans Urgently Need Aid Nonprofit Funds Seized by Government 300 000 Sri Lankans Urgently Need Aid Nonprofit Funds Seized by Government Date December 9 2008 Amnesty International AI is calling for urgent humanitarian aid for more than 300 000 people displaced by the ongoing conflict in the northern Wanni region of Sri Lanka Turmoil between the government and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam LTTE has left thousands of people in desperate need of shelter food and sanitation Read more about 300 000 Sri Lankans Urgently Need Aid Nonprofit Funds Seized

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    United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948 Type of Content Any Analysis Background Blog Legislation Litigation Media News Newsletter Press Regulatory Resource Resource link Speakers Bureau Studies Reports Sri Lankan Government Denies Entry to Aid Groups Raising Humanitarian Law Questions Date June 8 2009 Even as the catastrophic human tragedy unfolds in Sri Lanka the island s government is refusing to allow aid workers or journalists into the country banning the delivery of humanitarian relief outside of the official camps Read more about Sri Lankan Government Denies Entry to Aid Groups Raising Humanitarian Law Questions Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding Countering Violent Extremism Click Here For More Issues Solutions Principles to Guide Solutions Models to Draw On Proposed Solutions News The latest headlines Resources Litigation Analysis Background Legislation Studies Reports Experts Blog About Us Staff Contact Search form Search Stay Up To Date Subscribe Publications The Latest News C SN Joins More Than 50 Orgs in Raising Concerns About UN s Work on Preventing Violent Extremism February 8 2016 New Budget Language Intended to Rein In Partner Vetting System January

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  • Impact on U.S. Nonprofits Overview | Charity & Security Network
    Available US Slow to Counter Domestic Recruitment by Terrorists This Ramadan Give Without Fear But Give Wisely Grantees Not Accused in Asset Forfeiture Case Charities Targeted for Tough Enforcement than Other Groups Obama Cairo Speech Opens Door For Reforms Clinton Speech Calls for Improved State and Civil Society Relationship Resources Impact of Counterterror Measures on Charities and Donors After 9 11 printable handout Impact of the Material Support Prohibition on Peacebuilding printable handout List of Charities Designated Shut Down or Both by Treasury Department August 2010 Hearing on Impacts of CTMs on Charities What Happens to a Charity After an FBI Raid Why Military Databases to Track NGOs are Impractical Reports ACLU Blocking Faith Freezing Charity OMB WATCH Collateral Damage How the War on Terror Hurts Charities Foundations and the People they Serve OMB WATCH Muslim Charities and the War on Terror Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding Countering Violent Extremism Click Here For More Issues Solutions Principles to Guide Solutions Models to Draw On Proposed Solutions News The latest headlines Resources Litigation Analysis Background Legislation Studies Reports Experts Blog About Us Staff Contact Search form Search Stay Up To Date Subscribe Publications

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  • Report: Counterterrorism Measures Stifle Humanitarian Action, by UN OCHA and the NRC | Charity & Security Network
    caught in harm s way The concern about the negative impact of counterterrorism measures on humanitarian action is a pressing one because areas in which non state armed groups designated as terrorist are often those where humanitarian needs are greatest the study s introduction says Somalia and the Occupied Palestinian Territory OPT serve as the primary case studies in the study because they both involve massive humanitarian operations and have internationally sanctioned terrorist groups control sizable parts of the country or government In both places the restrictions and compliance issues created by the CTMs added to the already daunting challenges facing aid groups trying to meet the needs of millions of vulnerable civilians in two of the world s most complex humanitarian situations In Somalia CTMs led to significant barriers for humanitarian action For instance after al Shabaab an armed group that controlled much of the central and southern regions of the country was designated as a terrorist by the U S in February 2008 aid from the U S dropped by nearly 88 percent over concerns of some of that aid falling into their hands U S law prohibits even nominal diversion of aid to terrorists so many aid groups were forced to discontinue their services to the nearly two million Somalis trapped on territory al Shabaab controlled to not run afoul of the law One of the main factors that has contributed to the humanitarian crisis over the past few years or at least shaped the international community s response to it has been the lack of humanitarian access the report notes The grave consequences of these restrictions came to bear a few years later when famine was declared across much of southern Somalia Similar CTMs that restrict where and how aid can be distributed have led directly to a shift in priorities for aid groups working in the OPT After Hamas came to power in Gaza in 2007 The parameters of humanitarian action have for the most part been shifted so that programs are designated firstly to avoid contact with or support to the designated group Hamas and only secondly to respond to humanitarian needs This has contributed to a climate of distrust among many local NGOs who object to the burdensome vetting requirements called for by many donor countries in order to receive international support and this has impacted the quality and appropriateness of programmes The study is also critical of the FATF s Recommendation 8 for nonprofits which describes the nonprofit sector as particularly vulnerable to exploitation for terrorist purposes The study cites statements from the World Bank and the former head of the UK Charity Commissions International Program who say these accusations against the sector are not justified by empirical evidence In fact the FATF s rules on nonprofits open the door for abuse by repressive regimes clamping down on free civil society all round the world by restricting funding infringing of freedoms of assembly and adding layers of administrative red tape The humanitarian

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  • Peter King's Letter on HLF Case Inconsistent with Prosecutor’s Statement to Courts | Charity & Security Network
    case is available here Federal courts have said the release of the list violated the due process rights of the groups listed Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding Countering Violent Extremism Click Here For More Issues Solutions Principles to Guide Solutions Models to Draw On Proposed Solutions News The latest headlines Resources Litigation Analysis Background Legislation Studies Reports Experts Blog About Us Staff

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/node/551 (2016-02-16)
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  • Asset Forfeiture Case Filed Against Alavi Foundation, Grantees Not Accused | Charity & Security Network
    the notice and due process rights available to Alavi have not been available to nine U S charities Treasury shut down as supporters of terrorism There is no provision in law for the frozen assets ever to be released and they have been in legal limbo for several years For details see our website In contrast the asset forfeiture process is a court proceeding with due process and rules of evidence The complaint against Alavi traces a series of events and relationships it says establish Alavi s ties to the Iranian government including control of its board of directors by the Iranian Ambassador to the United Nations The assets subject to the forfeiture claim include a 36 story office building in Manhattan and seven properties located in California Maryland New York City Texas and Virginia Most of these have mosques located in buildings owned by Alavi but the U S Attorney s office told the New York Times that There are no allegations of any wrongdoing on the part of any of these tenants or occupants No action has been taken against any tenants or occupants of those properties However the nonprofits operating out of Alavi buildings were surprised to find notices of forfeiture posted on their doors and media contacting them about the action The local groups could be collateral damage in the case according to the Miami Herald which could suffer from loss of financial support from Alavi On Nov 13 the judge in the case signed an order page 1 of order page 2 of order allowing seizure of Alavi s bank accounts within ten days In a Nov 13 statement the Council on American Islamic Relations National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper said Whatever the details of the government s case against the owners of the mosques

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