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  • Obama Announces Expanded Initiative to Support, Protect Civil Society | Charity & Security Network
    nonprofits to operate freely consistent with the rights of association assembly and expression The first document is a new Presidential Memorandum Civil Society that directs federal agencies operating internationally to engage and work with civil society representatives facilitate exchanges between governments and civil society and oppose unde restrictions on them A separate Fact Sheet US Support for Civil Society announces additional programs including enhancing efforts with other governments and within intergovernmental bodies to proetect civil society while combatting terrorist activity This includes supporting civil society engagement with the Financial Action Task Force A detailed summary of both documents will be posted soon For a full summary and analysis click here 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

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    concrete steps to protect and encourage civil society A Fact Sheet identifies key initiatives including Expanding the Legal Enabling Environment for Civil Society Working with the Open Government Partnership to expa nd civic participation and make government more accountable Consulting with civil society Enhancing efforts with governments and multi lateral organizations like the Financial Action Task Force to protect civil society while combatting terrorist activity Creating six regional civil society centers to help connect and support civil society globally The Charity Security Network welcomes this initiative and looks forward to working with it to ensure protection of U S civil society in the context of counterterrorism measures Read more about Obama Announces Steps to Protect Civil Society Constitutional Principles and the Charity Security Network Date September 17 2014 Author Kay Guinane Today September 17 is the anniversary of the 1787 ratification of the U S Constitution This is a good time to reflect on the importance of this document and the principles it embodies One of the key elements of constitutional democracy is an independent and active civil society that provides a way for people to be heard hold government accountable protect rights and provide a means to create and support community institutions Democracy does not survive when civil society in the form of nonprofit organizations does not have the ability to serve these critical functions Read more about Constitutional Principles and the Charity Security Network The Economist Illiberal governments are blocking activists from receiving foreign cash Liberal ones should not join in Date September 12 2014 The Economist published two important pieces that highlight the alarming global trend of restrictions on civil society One describes restrictions on foreign funding and the other notes that liberal governments need to look to their own restrictions when encouraging other countries to respect the fundamental freedoms of civil society organizations The commentary stated that Heavy handed enforcement of laws aimed at stopping money laundering and the funding of terrorism has made it harder to send money to NGOs doing good work in some of the countries where civil society is under attack A bank that knows a single slip could make it liable to draconian penalties may decide simply to close accounts rather than carry out costly checks or risk an expensive misjudgment At last year s UN General Assembly Barack Obama drew on his own experience as a community organiser to praise NGOs for making governments more effective and holding leaders like me to account He should speak more forcefully at this year s meeting which will be held later this month Most important though is for rich democracies to practise what they preach Read more about The Economist Illiberal governments are blocking activists from receiving foreign cash Liberal ones should not join in The Economist Illiberal governments are blocking activists from receiving foreign cash Liberal ones should not join in Date September 12 2014 The Economist published two important pieces that highlight the alarming global trend of restrictions on civil society

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    Frazer the article s author argues that most of these efforts which largely focus on financial transparency and banking restrictions are counterproductive and undermine efforts to prevent terrorism Policies to combat the financing of terrorism will be more effective he writes if they adopt a more proportionate nuanced approach to the regulation of NPOs which is based on sound analysis of the problem promotes rather than obstructs efforts to respond to humanitarian needs facilitates financial transactions avoids stigmatizing Islamic charities and treats NPOs as valuable partners Read more about Article Counterterrorism Policies Undermine Humanitarian Efforts to Prevent Terrorism NYPD Designates Mosques as Terrorism Organizations AP Date August 29 2013 Author Associated Press The New York Police Department has secretly labeled entire mosques as terrorist organizations a designation that allows police to use informants to record sermons and spy on imams often without specific evidence of criminal wrongdoing Designating an entire mosque as a terrorism enterprise means that anyone who attends prayer services there is a potential subject of an investigation and fair game for surveillance Full AP story here Read more about NYPD Designates Mosques as Terrorism Organizations AP Selective Enforcement Charities Targeted for Harsher Sanctions Date June 29 2009 The U S Department of the Treasury s Office of Foreign Assets Control OFAC has designated nine U S charities as supporters of terrorism seizing all property blocking all funds and effectively closing all programs In contrast the for profit corporations Halliburton and Chiquita Brands International have only had to pay fines for very similar alleged violations and their operations have not been interrupted or shut down There has been no explanation from OFAC Read more about Selective Enforcement Charities Targeted for Harsher Sanctions Selective Enforcement Charities Targeted for Harsher Sanctions Date June 29 2009 The U S Department of the Treasury s Office of Foreign Assets Control OFAC has designated nine U S charities as supporters of terrorism seizing all property blocking all funds and effectively closing all programs In contrast the for profit corporations Halliburton and Chiquita Brands International have only had to pay fines for very similar alleged violations and their operations have not been interrupted or shut down There has been no explanation from OFAC Read more about Selective Enforcement Charities Targeted for Harsher Sanctions Selective Enforcement Charities Targeted for Harsher Sanctions Date June 29 2009 The U S Department of the Treasury s Office of Foreign Assets Control OFAC has designated nine U S charities as supporters of terrorism seizing all property blocking all funds and effectively closing all programs In contrast the for profit corporations Halliburton and Chiquita Brands International have only had to pay fines for very similar alleged violations and their operations have not been interrupted or shut down There has been no explanation from OFAC Read more about Selective Enforcement Charities Targeted for Harsher Sanctions Need for Protection from Repressive Laws and Over Regulation Date March 29 2013 Author Kay Guinane In early March 2013 I attended the last in a

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    law and policy reform by initiating an inclusive global dialogue on balancing the protection of fundamental human rights with national security considerations Encourage political and economic powers to champion human rights and civil society as a cornerstone of their diplomatic and development relationships with other countries Read more about Protecting Civil Society so it Can Work Freely Without Retaliation U S Muslim Charities and The War on Terror A Decade in Review Date December 21 2011 A December 2011 report published by the Charity and Security Network U S Muslim Charities and the War on Terror A Decade in Review examines the challenges American Muslim charities have faced since 9 11 and how they have successfully responded The report is an update to the OMB Watch March 2006 report Muslim Charities and the War on Terror Top Ten Concerns and Status Update The update summarizes action by the U S government to shut down American Muslim charities since 2006 and gives updates on the status of litigation and other efforts by charities It also details the unwarranted government investigation and surveillance of Muslim communities and charities The report concludes by examining how the American Muslim charitable sector has addressed government scrutiny by implementing rigorous due diligence procedures and educating politicians and the public to combat Islamophobia Read more about U S Muslim Charities and The War on Terror A Decade in Review What Happens to a Charity After an FBI Raid Date November 30 2010 Case Study Life Relief and Development LIFE Read more about What Happens to a Charity After an FBI Raid The Impact of Counterterrorism Measures on Charities and Donors After 9 11 Date August 16 2010 There is increasing evidence of the negative impact on all charities of the counter terrorism measures introduced since 2001 i Here are examples from around the world Read more about The Impact of Counterterrorism Measures on Charities and Donors After 9 11 The Impact of Counterterrorism Measures on Charities and Donors After 9 11 Date August 16 2010 There is increasing evidence of the negative impact on all charities of the counter terrorism measures introduced since 2001 i Here are examples from around the world Read more about The Impact of Counterterrorism Measures on Charities and Donors After 9 11 The Impact of Counterterrorism Measures on Charities and Donors After 9 11 Date August 16 2010 There is increasing evidence of the negative impact on all charities of the counter terrorism measures introduced since 2001 i Here are examples from around the world Read more about The Impact of Counterterrorism Measures on Charities and Donors After 9 11 Peter King s Letter on HLF Case Inconsistent with Prosecutor s Statement to Courts Date April 25 2011 A review of Holy Land Foundation HLF trial documents indicate government attorneys created the unindicted co conspirator list as a legal maneuver not for future criminal prosecution as Peter King s April 15 letter to Attorney General Eric Holder suggests A summary of two

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    NAIT appeal challenging their inclusion on a federal prosecutor s list of unindicted co conspirators in a criminal case alleging illegal support for Hamas was held behind closed doors NAIT is appealing a July 2009 ruling that rejected their request to be removed from the list of 246 unindicted co conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation HLF trial Prosecutors published the list in 2007 in an apparent violation of Department of Justice procedures and the groups complained they have no means of clearing their names Read more about Appeals Court Holds Closed Door Proceedings in Challenge to NAIT Listing as Unindicted Co conspirator Kay Guinane Answers Rep Keith Ellison s Questions about U S charities Impacted by Treasury s Regime Date August 11 2010 QUESTIONS TO THE PANELISTS FROM CONGRESSMAN KEITH ELLISON for the Anti Money Laundering Blocking Terrorist Financing and Its Impact on Lawful Charities Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations House Committee on Financial Services May 26 2010 ANSWERS OF KAY GUINANE Program Manager of the Charity and Security Network July 12 2010 Read more about Kay Guinane Answers Rep Keith Ellison s Questions about U S charities Impacted by Treasury s Regime Bipartisan Policy Center s Terror Threat Report U S Slow to Counter Domestic Recruitment by Terrorists Date September 16 2010 Read more about Bipartisan Policy Center s Terror Threat Report U S Slow to Counter Domestic Recruitment by Terrorists Bipartisan Policy Center s Terror Threat Report U S Slow to Counter Domestic Recruitment by Terrorists Date September 16 2010 Read more about Bipartisan Policy Center s Terror Threat Report U S Slow to Counter Domestic Recruitment by Terrorists Analysis In a Bad SPOT Why a Military Database for NGOs Is Impractical Date August 3 2010 The U S army s Synchronized Pre Deployment and Operational Tracker SPOT system is a military database that indefinitely stores detailed personnel data of contractors employees working in Iraq and Afghanistan Read more about Analysis In a Bad SPOT Why a Military Database for NGOs Is Impractical The Disconnect U S Doesn t Follow the State Department s Guiding Principles on Non Governmental Organizations Date September 22 2009 In December 2006 the State Department launched an initiative to support the work of human rights defenders throughout the globe Part of the initiative was the Guiding Principles on Non Governmental Organizations Principles intended to guide the U S government s treatment of nonprofits and to assess the actions of other governments However there are glaring discrepancies between these Principles and the counterterrorism laws and policies applied to U S nonprofits by the federal government Read more about The Disconnect U S Doesn t Follow the State Department s Guiding Principles on Non Governmental Organizations This Ramadan Give Without Fear But Give Wisely Date August 19 2009 Author Mazen Asbahi Esq Guest Author American Muslims face unique and troubling challenges in trying to fulfill their religious obligations to give charity or zakat The laws meant to serve the legitimate purpose

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    root causes of terrorism without diminishing public safety Read more about Examples of Negative Impact of U S Counterterrorism Laws on Charities and Philanthropy Expert Rulings Diminish Charitable Giving and Impact Date January 6 2009 Donors are growing increasingly weary as court decisions against charities have created an environment of suspicion for numerous Muslim charities The decrease in contributions will lead to smaller numbers of people receiving relief Verdicts such as the one delivered in the Holy Land Foundation trial have caused many Muslim charities to suffer decreases in charitable giving Since September 11 2001 several Muslim charities have been shutdown by the government for having connections to Middle Eastern countries Read more about Expert Rulings Diminish Charitable Giving and Impact Expert Rulings Diminish Charitable Giving and Impact Date January 6 2009 Donors are growing increasingly weary as court decisions against charities have created an environment of suspicion for numerous Muslim charities The decrease in contributions will lead to smaller numbers of people receiving relief Verdicts such as the one delivered in the Holy Land Foundation trial have caused many Muslim charities to suffer decreases in charitable giving Since September 11 2001 several Muslim charities have been shutdown by the government for having connections to Middle Eastern countries Read more about Expert Rulings Diminish Charitable Giving and Impact Clinton s Speech Stresses A New Generation for State and Civil Society Relations Date May 11 2009 Speaking at the Global Philanthropy Forum Conference in Washington D C Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told the audience that the State Department s doors are wide open to engage and collaborate with civil society organizations The April 22 2009 speech served as another platform for Clinton to promote her smart power strategy that emphasizes an increased role for aid and development in American

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  • International Issues Overview | Charity & Security Network
    Armed Conflicts 2011 U S Human Rights Commitments to UN Could Help Charities EU to Review Counterterrorism Policy EU Time to Examine Counterterrorism Policies UK Government Proposes Updates Reforms to Counterterrorism Policies Fragile Relief Efforts in Somalia Threatened by Aid Ban To Charities and Grantmakers Don t Pass Up This Opportunity 2010 Universal Periodic Review UPR of the U S Update Obama Unveils Policy Directive on Development UN and Experts Call for Increased Role of Civil Society in Countering Terror 2009 Charitable Work Promotes Our National Security Aid Expert Recommends Re thinking Aid Strategies to Reduce Terrorism The UK Charity Commission Focus on Problem Solving Program Beneficiaries US EU Grantmaker Groups Publish Accountability Principles for International Philanthropy Clinton s Speech Stresses A New Generation for State and Civil Society Relations Sri Lankan Government Denies Entry to Aid Groups Raising Humanitarian Law Questions Future Unclear for Pakistani Charity s Services after UN Listing as Terror Supporter Interpal Charity Interpal Cleared in UK Banned in U S U S Terror Listing Hurts Banking Services for British NGOs U S Designation Causes British Bank Discontinuing Services to UK Approved Charity UK Charity Commission Interpal Not Supporting Terror Groups Reports Study Zakat Institutions and the Challenges they Face Watson Institute Challenges to UN Sanctions Programs CRS Report Sheds Light on Aid to Pakistan Study Examines Zakat Organizations in Gaza 1973 2011 Report More Aid Reduces Terrorism Threat in African Horn Report Improving Civil Society Military Dialogue in Afghanistan To Counter Terror Report International Grantmaking Expected to Increase Despite Economic Woes GAO Public Diplomacy Creates Opportunity for Nonprofits to Show Benefits of International Programs Report US and EU Must Rethink Counterterrorism Measures that Violate Our Shared Values Study The West Bank Zakat Committees 1977 2009 in the Local Context Study Public Opinion Could Predict Terrorism

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  • Conference Focuses on Protecting Civilians under IHL | Charity & Security Network
    governments and numerous international and civil society organizations The conference s summary document encourages governments not to criminalize humanitarian activities through counterterrorism measures and to recognize the importance of engaging with non state armed groups to encourage adherence to IHL Speaking at the conference Ingrid Macdonald from the Norwegian Refugee Council called on governments to support principled humanitarian action under the IHL framework Her recommendations included Facilitating rapid and unimpeded access of humanitarian actors to populations in need of assistance and protection without risk of unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles or criminal liability due to counter terrorism measures Supporting the ability of humanitarian actors to engage with all parties and actors for humanitarian purposes including non State armed groups Preserving the separate identity purpose and character of humanitarian actors funding and activities independent from security and so called comprehensive stabilization or 3D political strategies See also The conference s Opening Statement by Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Espen Barth Eide 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

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