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  • Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Facilitate Humanitarian Action in Conflict Zones | Charity & Security Network
    humanitarian groups to offer assistance to civilians living in conflict zones without fear of violating laws that prohibit any diversion of resources to sanctioned entities The bill titled the Humanitarian Assistance Facilitation Act of 2013 says that humanitarian organizations acting in good faith and with the appropriate restrictions and controls in place should not be prevented directly or indirectly by Executive orders or counterterrorism laws from accessing and providing aid to civilian populations before or early on in humanitarian crises Statement in support of HR 3526 endorsed by over 60 aid peacebuilding and human rights groups Oxfam Bill aims to curb impact of counterterror measures on humanitarian access More about HR 3526 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

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/node/1153 (2016-02-16)
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  • Solutions Overview | Charity & Security Network
    Update Broad Coalition of Nonprofits Asks Obama to Put Humanitarian Imperative First in Fixing Problems for Charities Huffington Post Time to Lift Ban on Conflict Resolution Programs Humanitarian Aid Operating in Global Hot Spots Cross section of Nonprofits Support Reform of Security Laws That Hinder Charities First U S Charities Gain Accreditation in Muslim Advocates Program Administration s Upcoming Shift on Counterterrorism Strategy Should Include Fairness for Charities How an Intent Requirement Can Fix Material Support Laws Resources Principles of International Charity Power Point of Proposed Policy Reforms Safeguarding Charities in the War on Terror Threats to Civil Society in the U S from Government Restrictions on Nonprofits Proposals from Muslim Advocates Reports EU Time to Examine Counterterrorism Policies USIP Report Reform Listing Procedures to Turn Groups Away From Violence Report Charities Threatened by Government Barriers Report Strong Partnerships Prevent Terrorism 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

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/Solutions_Overview (2016-02-16)
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  • Huffington Post: Time to Lift Ban on Conflict Resolution Programs & Humanitarian Aid Operating in Global Hot Spots | Charity & Security Network
    in conflict zones and the important role community organizations play in fostering democracy Read more 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

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/node/609 (2016-02-16)
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  • Cross-section of Nonprofits Support Reform of Security Laws That Hinder Charities | Charity & Security Network
    Laws That Hinder Charity said outdated policies have have hindered the transformative power of the American charitable community s work in conflict zones and trench on precious First Amendment freedoms of speech and association and Fifth Amendment guarantees of due process It calls on the U S government to Reform the prohibition on material support to respect charitable access in order to provide basic humanitarian aid to civilians and to protect free speech association and peacebuilding Reform the process for placing groups and individuals on terrorist lists to ensure that they have sufficient notice and a meaningful opportunity to respond to the charges against them and to ensure that the system includes sufficient checks and balances on executive discretion Organizations both in and outside the U S that would like to learn more or add their name to this list should contact the Charity Security Network at info 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

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/Nonprofits_Support_Reforms_of_Laws_Hindering_Charities (2016-02-16)
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  • First U.S. Charities Gain Accreditation in Muslim Advocates Program | Charity & Security Network
    Network believes the accreditation has offered an additional layer of comfort to donors The Muslim Advocates press release about MCAP said MCAP provides American Muslim charities with legal guidance and one on one technical assistance to promote best practices in charity management and compliance with federal laws MCAP requires participants of the program to comply with 20 Standards for Charity Accountability that require a verifiable demonstration that they meet basic standards in how they govern their organization the ways they spend their money the truthfulness of their representations and their willingness to disclose basic information to the public As of September 2009 17 Islamic charities are enrolled in the program and nearly 150 groups have attended free legal and financial seminars hosted by Muslim Advocates and its partners around the country The Muslim Advocates press release describes the first three American Muslim organizations to complete the program Islamic Networks Group ING The San Francisco based Islamic Networks Group ING promotes cross religious and cultural understanding respect and harmony through increasing religious and cultural literacy and facilitating inter religious and cultural engagement and dialogue UMMA Community Clinic UMMA Based in South Los Angeles the UMMA Community Clinic is the first independent free clinic in America started by Muslim physicians UMMA serves the underserved community in South Los Angeles providing free low cost primary care medical services such as immunizations physical examinations gynecology and HIV AIDS testing Inner City Muslim Action Network IMAN Serving Chicago s South Side IMAN responds to the pervasive symptoms of inner city poverty and abandonment the Inner City Muslim Action Network IMAN is driven by the spiritual ideals of community service social justice and human compassion Because the Muslim charities have been particularly in the public focus I think they have a greater interest in demonstrating to

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/First_Charities_Gain_Accreditation_Muslim_Advocates_Program (2016-02-16)
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  • Safeguarding Charities in the War on Terror | Charity & Security Network
    Yet even those actions do not ensure that the government will not seize or freeze assets These policies created behind closed doors without input from charities or foundations lack a basic understanding of how nonprofits function and ultimately do not help and may even hinder the global war on terror The testimony of the scholars and nonprofit practitioners on the Georgetown University panel provides insight into the problems of and threats posed by the new security regime and paves the way for more effective policy approaches Their comments expose three prevailing myths that obscure the true nature and impact of current policy The myth of voluntariness The threat of government investigation and asset seizure effectively bestows the weight of law on problematic government prescribed voluntary best practices In other words the government guidance is anything but voluntary The myth of utility Policies such as the Treasury Guidelines for U S based charities are ineffective as counter terrorism measures displacing energy and resources from more useful targets and activities in the war on terror The myth of minimal impact The consequences of these regulatory developments go beyond high administrative costs posing far reaching threats to the nature and capacity of the nonprofit sector including grantmaking and delivery of services In the absence of clear sensible guidance and information from government about what is legally required confusion and fear are driving the response of the nonprofit sector in the campaign against terror financing Foundations and grantees alike have widely adopted practices such as terror list checking and certification a process requiring signatures from grantees employees partner organizations and even vendors without consideration of the consequences to civil liberties and without assurance that these steps will offer protection from legal sanction Charities are also increasingly fearful that continuing to provide legitimate services and

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/studies/Safeguarding_Charities_War_Terror (2016-02-16)
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  • New Risk Management Toolkit for Counterterrorism Measures | Charity & Security Network
    careful of both the criminal and contractual risks presented by counterterrorism measures The toolkit looks at a variety of approaches including codes of conduct due diligence human resource and anti diversion policies as well as monitoring and evaluation procedures Read more The first part of the toolkit summarizes the counterterrorism policy environment and includes an overview of the relationship between counterterrorism measures and IHL UN Security Council UNSC resolutions related to counterterrorism and a sample of counterterrorism laws introduced by some member states The second part outlines donor counterterrorism clauses and discusses specifics of these that should be examined closely by humanitarian organizations The third part of the toolkit looks at risk management and mitigation Finally the last section outlines ideas and methods for a risk management framework based on the methods tools and procedures used by various humanitarian organizations It also covers enterprise risk management ERM and monitoring and evaluation M E The toolkit is available 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

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/Risk_Management_Toolkit_NRC (2016-02-16)
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    to vulnerable populations in areas controlled by terrorist groups By prohibiting most forms of contact with these groups David Newton of Conciliation Resources and Sophie Delaunay of Médicins Sans Frontiéres MSF say these measures stifle peacebuilding efforts and jeopardize the safety of aid workers on the ground The harm created by these measures was most apparent during the Somali famine of 2011 where delays in aid delivery to nearly two million civilians trapped in al Shabaab controlled territory led to a prolonged and exacerbated food security crisis There were private resources which might have been available which were substantial but couldn t be used CSN s Kay Guinane said The result was tragic Read more about Counterterrorism Laws Create Barriers to Charity and Peacebuilding Efforts The President s Speech and Envisioning the Post War World Date June 6 2013 Author Kay Guinane The central theme of President Obama s May 23 speech on counterterrorism strategy the need to have a comprehensive strategy to deal with terrorism that is not based on perpetual war was very welcome While there can be and is debate and disagreement about whether the Global War on Terror GWOT paradigm has been constitutional and consistent with human rights law or our values as a nation it is clear that going forward it is not effective or sustainable Read more about The President s Speech and Envisioning the Post War World Cross section of Nonprofits Support Reform of Security Laws That Hinder Charities Date July 18 2011 On June 21 2011 a group of 33 organizations released a statement calling for constitutional and human rights principles to guide the U S government s approach to national security rules and policies impacting legitimate charitable work Read more about Cross section of Nonprofits Support Reform of Security Laws That Hinder Charities Huffington Post Time to Lift Ban on Conflict Resolution Programs Humanitarian Aid Operating in Global Hot Spots Date July 19 2011 Like Batman s enemy Two Face the United States government has two sides when it comes to national security and the work of charities and other nonprofit groups The friendly side talks about the importance of civil society in addressing root causes of violent extremism the need to aid civilians in conflict zones and the important role community organizations play in fostering democracy Read more about Huffington Post Time to Lift Ban on Conflict Resolution Programs Humanitarian Aid Operating in Global Hot Spots Huffington Post Time to Lift Ban on Conflict Resolution Programs Humanitarian Aid Operating in Global Hot Spots Date July 19 2011 Like Batman s enemy Two Face the United States government has two sides when it comes to national security and the work of charities and other nonprofit groups The friendly side talks about the importance of civil society in addressing root causes of violent extremism the need to aid civilians in conflict zones and the important role community organizations play in fostering democracy Read more about Huffington Post Time to Lift Ban on

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/issue/Solutions?type=All&page=1 (2016-02-16)
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