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  • Background | Charity & Security Network
    Access and Remittances Financial Action Task Force 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

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  • DID YOU SEE: Safeguarding Humanitarianism in Armed Conflict | Charity & Security Network
    humanitarian action It drives home the point that over reaction is the very thing that makes terrorism succeed Gabor Rona Human Rights First 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

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  • Background Overview | Charity & Security Network
    info at charityandsecurity org 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

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    society has a unique and essential role in defending constitutional rights when the formal structures of government fail to says a November 2012 paper from Georgetown University law professor David Cole Arguing that the three branches of government were often compromised in meeting their commitments to liberty equality dignity fair process and the rule of law in the decade since 9 11 Cole says many civil society organizations helped lead the charge to restore constitutional freedoms and human rights values and during periods of crisis may be the only institutional counterforce to the impulse to sacrifice rights for security Read more about Paper Role of Civil Society in Checking Government Restrictions on Fundamental Rights WEF Civil Society s Future Bright but Not Without Challenges Date February 20 2013 Even as the role and influence of civil society on the world stage has increased over the last 20 years the sector faces ever tightening restrictions according to a January 2013 report created for the World Economic Forum WEF Prepared in part by KPMG The Future Role of Civil Society t outs the positive qualities of civil society such as significant experience and expertise particularly at grassroots level and its ability to enable new institutional forms to address an ever evolving global agenda At the same time the report identifies threats to the operating space of civil society by overly broad laws and regulations that hinder the development of democratic governance accountability and stability over the long term The findings in the report are the result of interviews with over 200 leaders from civil society government and other key sectors Read more about WEF Civil Society s Future Bright but Not Without Challenges HRW Counterterrorism and Human Rights Abuses Date July 11 2012 A June 2012 report from Human Rights Watch finds many counterterrorism laws passed in the last decade are overly broad in scope and have been employed against activists journalists and political opposition in many countries In the Name of Security Counterterrorism Laws Worldwide since September 11 calls on donor countries and the United Nations to revise their counterterrorism sanctions to ensure that the definitions of terrorist acts are narrowly crafted covering only conduct that is genuinely of a terrorist nature Read more about HRW Counterterrorism and Human Rights Abuses CSN Comments on Treasury s FAQ for Protecting Charitable Giving Date June 16 2010 Treasury s FAQ titled Protecting Charitable Giving fails to acknowledge the importance of protecting charitable operations and beneficiaries The entire chain of events from donation to delivery of services to people in need must be protected from expropriation by terrorists and from unduly restrictive U S government enforcement policies Treasury must broaden its vision Read more about CSN Comments on Treasury s FAQ for Protecting Charitable Giving CSN Comments on Treasury s FAQ for Protecting Charitable Giving Date June 16 2010 Treasury s FAQ titled Protecting Charitable Giving fails to acknowledge the importance of protecting charitable operations and beneficiaries The entire chain of events from donation

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    Topics discussed include the limited humanitarian response to the Somali famine of 2011 and the impact on peacebuilding efforts by the Supreme Court s decision in the Humanitarian Law Project case See related Safeguarding Humanitarianism in Armed Conflict A Call for Reconciling International Legal Obligations and Counterterrorism Measures in the United States Read more about CSN s Kay Guinane Interview on the Impact of CTMs on Non profits CSN s Kay Guinane Interview on the Impact of CTMs on Non profits Date February 4 2014 CSN Director Kay Guinane sat down with WPFW s David Rabin in Washington D C to discuss how overbroad counterterror laws inhibit legitimate charitable work After the Patriot Act passed the U S put restrictions on what legitimate humanitarian organizations can do Guinane said She explained how counterterrorism measures have undermined civil liberties and reduce the effectiveness of civil society s ability to alleviate social and political marginalization in communities affected by natural disaster or armed conflict Topics discussed include the limited humanitarian response to the Somali famine of 2011 and the impact on peacebuilding efforts by the Supreme Court s decision in the Humanitarian Law Project case See related Safeguarding Humanitarianism in Armed Conflict A Call for Reconciling International Legal Obligations and Counterterrorism Measures in the United States Read more about CSN s Kay Guinane Interview on the Impact of CTMs on Non profits Civil Society Under Attack Worldwide Date December 3 2013 Civil society organizations CSOs are recognized as important partners in global human rights development and peacebuilding efforts However over the past two years almost 50 laws that severely restrict the space in which CSOs operate have been adopted or are being considered by governments worldwide including ones in Belize and Egypt another was recently defeated in Kenya Many of these measures limit funding sources and fundamental freedoms of association and assembly which are necessary for CSOs to operate effectively Transparency International Crackdown on Middle Eastern Civil Society Must Stop UN Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai Civil Society In Africa Is Under Attack Human Rights Watch Russia Worst Human Rights Climate in Post Soviet Era Read more about Civil Society Under Attack Worldwide Time To Get Honest About Aid in Conflict Zones Date November 10 2013 Concerns about the diversion of humanitarian aid towards terrorist groups in places like Syria and Somalia are understandable but they should not over ride the ability of governments and humanitarian organizations from meeting their obligations to save lives and alleviate human suffering It s increasingly clear that humanitarian assistance to rebel held areas of Syria is being impeded by a fear that food medicine and other supplies might fall into the hands of terrorists David Keen a professor of conflict studies at the London School of Economics writes in in a recent New York Times op ed But the insistence that aid should do no harm too often obscures the fact that conflicts are also fueled by the lack of assistance See related reports CSN Safeguarding Humanitarianism

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    response that was was mostly late and insufficient State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell instead blamed al Shabaab for its inhumane blocking of humanitarian assistance a factor also noted in the report Read more about State Dept Denies Counterterrorism Law Contributed to Somali Famine Uncharitable and Inaccurate Accusations Date April 8 2013 Author Suraj K Sazawal It s disappointing but not surprising to see the negative light in which Daveed Gartenstein Ross and Aaron Zelin portray the Islamic charitable sector in a recent Foreign Policy magazine article After all as Glenn reenwald noted in Salon they are members of Washington s cottage industry of so called terrorism experts who have built their careers on fear Read more about Uncharitable and Inaccurate Accusations 2013 Report Finds Threats to Civil Society on Rise Date May 6 2013 A vibrant and independent civil society is an essential ingredient of effective and stable democracy the 2013 State of Civil Society report produced by CIVICUS says But in too many cases it warns the voices of civil society are being stifled and the space in which they can express their views is shrinking Recent years have witnessed a wave of legal barriers funding restrictions and administrative burdens on civil society organizations As a result it is becoming increasingly difficult for these groups to exist function grow and offer their best possible contribution to society With contributions from nearly 50 civil society leaders and experts including a chapter from Statewatch s Ben Hayes on the impact of anti terror finance measures on nonprofits the 500 page report identifies how the vice is tightening on human rights defenders around the world Read more about 2013 Report Finds Threats to Civil Society on Rise 2013 Report Finds Threats to Civil Society on Rise Date May 6 2013 A vibrant and independent civil society is an essential ingredient of effective and stable democracy the 2013 State of Civil Society report produced by CIVICUS says But in too many cases it warns the voices of civil society are being stifled and the space in which they can express their views is shrinking Recent years have witnessed a wave of legal barriers funding restrictions and administrative burdens on civil society organizations As a result it is becoming increasingly difficult for these groups to exist function grow and offer their best possible contribution to society With contributions from nearly 50 civil society leaders and experts including a chapter from Statewatch s Ben Hayes on the impact of anti terror finance measures on nonprofits the 500 page report identifies how the vice is tightening on human rights defenders around the world Read more about 2013 Report Finds Threats to Civil Society on Rise Kay s Blog Posts Date April 18 2013 London School of Economics Global War on Terror Blog U S Material Support Laws The Next Don t Ask Don t Tell Oct 2011 The Hill How to help Somalia by Gabor Rona Human Rights First and Kay Guinane Sept 2011 Huffington Post

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    Policy Recommendations For Today s Foreign Assistance Challenges Book Listen to Aid Beneficiaries Date February 6 2013 Everyone who works in the international aid enterprise can benefit from hearing the ideas and analyses from people who live in aid recipient countries says a November 2012 book from CDA Collaborative Learning Projects CDA Time to Listen finds that while most recipients welcome assistance especially in the aftermath of an emergency when given the chance to reflect on their overall experiences they begin identifying ways it should and could work to make a more positive difference in their lives Aid given because of political or religious affiliations rather than need and the inequality found in many relationships between international aid groups and their local partners were among the complaints from the over 6 000 people interviewed in over 20 countries Read more about Book Listen to Aid Beneficiaries Leahy Welcomes Re Nomination of Chairman Candidate to Privacy Board Date January 23 2013 On January 22 2013 Sen Patrick Leahy D VT issued a statement in support of re nominating David Medine to serve as chairman of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board PCLOB Last year the Senate confirmed four members to the PCLOB which held its first meeting in October 2012 but failed to select a chairperson The PCLOB is an independent body within the President s office with a mandate to ensure privacy and civil liberties in the creation and implementation of U S law and policy against terrorism Read more about Leahy Welcomes Re Nomination of Chairman Candidate to Privacy Board ACLU s Recommendations for Defending Civil Liberties in Obama s Second Term Date January 9 2013 Defending human rights protecting Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights and stopping improper government surveillance on Americans are among the items included in the American Civil Liberties Union s ACLU recommendations for the Obama administration s second term released on Jan 2 2013 A Civil Liberties Agenda to Move Forward includes suggested actions that the President can take immediately during the First 100 Days of his second term and a reform specific list of longer term recommendations for shaping the agendas at several government agencies including Treasury Justice State and Homeland Security These include a call to the Department of Treasury to change its terrorist listing procedures to respond to two court rulings finding current procedures to be constitutionally deficient Read more about ACLU s Recommendations for Defending Civil Liberties in Obama s Second Term Charity Security Network Publications Date June 1 2012 Safeguarding Humanitarianism in Armed Conflict A Call for Reconciling International Legal Obligations and Counterterrorism Measures in the United States After a review of U S counterterrorism laws impacting charities this report explains the legal framework of international humanitarian law IHL focusing on provisions that address civilian relief operations during situations of armed conflict It then analyses how current U S counterterrorism laws and enforcement policies particularly the broad prohibition on material support to terrorism do not adequately incorporate these provisions

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    around the world has increased the need for humanitarian actors to engage with armed non state actors ANSAs to protect civilans in harm s way In many instances however ANSAs are either unsure of or unwilling to meet their obligations to protect civilians under International Humanitarian Law IHL In response Geneva Call has developed a searchable database that brings together over 400 humanitarian commitments of ANSAs notably on issues such as the protection of children in armed conflict and respect for the Geneva Conventions It is designed to encourage ANSAs to make known their positions on the norms of IHL and thereby to show publically their willingness to comply with these standards The database will be of great interest to researchers governments and academics but it may also encourage other armed groups to follow in the footsteps of those whose conduct seeks greater protection for civilian populations in armed conflict Read more about In Their Own Words In Their Own Words Date November 12 2012 The spike in internal armed conflicts around the world has increased the need for humanitarian actors to engage with armed non state actors ANSAs to protect civilans in harm s way In many instances however ANSAs are either unsure of or unwilling to meet their obligations to protect civilians under International Humanitarian Law IHL In response Geneva Call has developed a searchable database that brings together over 400 humanitarian commitments of ANSAs notably on issues such as the protection of children in armed conflict and respect for the Geneva Conventions It is designed to encourage ANSAs to make known their positions on the norms of IHL and thereby to show publically their willingness to comply with these standards The database will be of great interest to researchers governments and academics but it may also encourage other armed groups to follow in the footsteps of those whose conduct seeks greater protection for civilian populations in armed conflict Read more about In Their Own Words Paul Okumo Reports from the 4th High Level Conference on Aid Effectiveness Date December 1 2011 Author Paul Okumu Director for Partnership SISA Centre for Corporate Partnership and Head of Secretariat Africa CSO Platform on Principled Partnership ACP Nairobi Kenya Note from CSN The 4 th High Level Conference on Aid Effectiveness held in Busan Korea brought together over 3000 representatives of governments civil society groups and private interests from around the world to review global progress in improving the impact and value for money of development aid Paul Okumu kept colleagues informed on the progress of the event through these emails and has agreed to have them posted here Read more about Paul Okumo Reports from the 4th High Level Conference on Aid Effectiveness Americans Attitudes toward Terrorism and Foreign Policy Shifting Date October 1 2012 A recent report by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs shows that Americans attitudes toward terrorism and foreign policy have changed significantly in the years since 9 11 Americans still want the United States to

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