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  • Charity & Security Network
    HSBC Read more about Senate Panel A Decade s Worth of Major Money Laundering Risks at HSBC President s Cairo Statement on Charitable Giving Rules Welcome Date June 29 2009 Author Kay Guinane U S Charities both Muslim and non Muslim Affected by Outdated Rules are Ready to Work to Protect Zakat and Humanitarian Programs In his June 4 speech in Cairo President Barack Obama said Read more about President s Cairo Statement on Charitable Giving Rules Welcome President s Cairo Statement on Charitable Giving Rules Welcome Date June 29 2009 Author Kay Guinane U S Charities both Muslim and non Muslim Affected by Outdated Rules are Ready to Work to Protect Zakat and Humanitarian Programs In his June 4 speech in Cairo President Barack Obama said Read more about President s Cairo Statement on Charitable Giving Rules Welcome House Oversight Hearing Looks at Impact of Anti terrorist Financing Laws on Lawful U S Charities Date June 1 2010 On May 26 2010 the first Congressional oversight hearing since 9 11 looked at the impact of anti terrorist financing enforcement policies on the U S charitable sector A Department of Treasury Treasury official acknowledged that the laws aimed at stopping terrorist financing have hurt charitable programs Witnesses from the U S Read more about House Oversight Hearing Looks at Impact of Anti terrorist Financing Laws on Lawful U S Charities House Oversight Hearing Looks at Impact of Anti terrorist Financing Laws on Lawful U S Charities Date June 1 2010 On May 26 2010 the first Congressional oversight hearing since 9 11 looked at the impact of anti terrorist financing enforcement policies on the U S charitable sector A Department of Treasury Treasury official acknowledged that the laws aimed at stopping terrorist financing have hurt charitable programs Witnesses from the U S Read more about House Oversight Hearing Looks at Impact of Anti terrorist Financing Laws on Lawful U S Charities With Lawsuit Chiquita Hopes to Keep Terror Finance Skeletons in the Closet Date April 10 2013 On April 4 2013 Chiquita Brands International sued the Securities and Exchange Commission SEC seeking to block the release of documents related to payments the company made to terrorist groups according to the complaint filed in U S District Court for the District of Colombia The Department of Justice had fined Chiquita 25 million in March 2007 after the Cincinnati based company admitted paying millions to Colombian terrorist groups including the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia FARC to protect their business interests in the country The resurfacing of this case serves as a reminder of the issue of unequal enforcement of anti terrorist financing laws Several U S charities have been shut down on the basis of much less evidence than the direct payments to which Chiquita admitted Read more about With Lawsuit Chiquita Hopes to Keep Terror Finance Skeletons in the Closet With Lawsuit Chiquita Hopes to Keep Terror Finance Skeletons in the Closet Date April 10 2013 On April 4 2013

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  • Charity & Security Network
    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 Pages first previous 1 2 3 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

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/issue/Unequal%20Enforcement?type=All&page=2 (2016-02-16)
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  • Humanitarian Access Overview
    Aug 2011 Press Briefing on Humanitarian Aid to the Horn of Africa 31 The Impact of Counterterrorism Measures on Charities and Donors After 9 11 32 Printable handout State Dept Aug 2011 Background Briefing on Somalia and Delivery of Humanitarian Assistance 33 Brookings Barriers to Access During Humanitarian Crisis 34 MSF Humanitarian Negotiations Revealed 35 Sphere Handbook for Humanitarian Responders 36 Reports Talking to the Other Side Humanitarian Negotiations with Al Shabaab in Somalia 37 Counterterrorism Measures Stifle Humanitarian Action by UN OCHA and the NRC 38 CRS Syria Overview of the Humanitarian Response 39 UN USAID Inadequate Aid Contributed to Higher than Estimated Deaths in Somalia Famine 40 Protect Humanitarian Space in Somalia 40 Report Focuses on Facilitating Principled Humanitarian Action 41 ODI Why Militaries and NGOs Interact to Protect Civilians 42 Paper IHL and IHRL Work Together to Protect Rights of Civilians 43 ODI Negotiating Humanitarian Access 44 Deadly Combination Disaster Conflict and the U S Material Support Law 45 ODI Humanitarian Action Harmed by Anti Terror Laws 46 Oxfam Military Policy in Somalia Has Failed 47 Humanitarian Space Under Fire in Somalia 48 DARA Save the Children Oxfam Inaction and Delayed Response to Famine Cost Thousands of Lives 49 Humanitarian Forum 10 Ways the International Community Can Address Somalia s Crisis 50 Security Measures that Restrict Humanitarian Access Hurt Vulnerable Civilians 51 Oxfam Report Finds that Lack of Access Leaves Civilians Vulnerable 52 Report Lack of Access Leaves Civilians Vulnerable 53 Report More Aid Reduces Terrorism Threat in Horn of Africa 54 Report Freind Not Foe Documents Negative Impacts of Counterterrorism Measures Calls on Civil Society to Defend Positive Role 55 Source URL http www charityandsecurity org Humanitarian Access Overview Links 1 http www charityandsecurity org Humanitarian Access Overview 2 http www charityandsecurity org news UN Humanitarian Chief Warns Chilling Impact Counterterror Laws 3 http www charityandsecurity org legislation Medical Neutrality Act 2013 4 http www charityandsecurity org blog Humanitarian Access Syria Must Respected Assad And US 5 http charityandsecurity org news UN NGO Urge Counterterrorism Reforms Humanitarian Access 6 http charityandsecurity org news State Dept Urges Syria Respect IHL 7 http charityandsecurity org blog Syria Humanitarian Access Problems 8 http www charityandsecurity org news State Dept Urges Syria Respect IHL 9 http charityandsecurity org news Somalia Famine Deaths Higher Inadequate Aid Cited 10 http charityandsecurity org news Access Barriers Aid Trickling Syrian 20Opposition Controlled Territory 11 http www charityandsecurity org news Holding Armed Groups Accountable 12 http www charityandsecurity org news USAID Treasury Audits PVS Somalia OFAC License Database 13 http www charityandsecurity org news Appropriations Report Tres Address Barriers Disaster Response 14 http www charityandsecurity org news Africa Crises Showcase Humanitarian Access Difficulty 15 http www cfr org somalia al shabaab somalias spreading famine p25630 16 http thehill com blogs congress blog foreign policy 179385 how to help somalia 17 http www charityandsecurity org background Senators Call Reforming Laws Impede Humanitarian Assistance Somalia 18 http www hpcrresearch org blog dustin lewis 2011 08 10 counterterrorism

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/print/583 (2016-02-16)
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  • UN Humanitarian Chief Warns of Chilling Impact Created by Counterterror Measures in Syria
    like many other organizations fears that their humanitarian funds could be diverted by terrorist groups opening them up to prosecution We don t want to take that risk said Kuwaider Interviewer Tim Whewell found that the huge body of national and international counterterrorism legislation that was not written with charities in mind lends itself to confusion Some groups are uncertain how much engagement with a terrorist organization is permitted before it becomes a crime According to Ingrid MacDonald Director of Geneva Humanitarian Policy at the Norwegian Refugee Council It s not one piece of legislation We have the US legislation we have the UK legislation we have the Norwegian the Swedish Organizations operating internationally must contend with these various legal regimes which often have different requirements and create confusion administrative burdens and high costs to charities Remedying the problem will likely require a change to domestic law Mike Parkinson a policy advisor for Oxfam UK said that aid groups will have to work with governments to determine changes to the law We want to deliver aid to people who need it when they need it said Parkinson but There have been instances where we ve been asked for payments and that has led to us reviewing whether that program can go ahead Allowing some small and incidental payments in cases where they are absolutely necessary to access civilians may offer a relief valve Legislation pending in the U S House of Representatives would do just that The Humanitarian Assistance Facilitation Act HAFA 5 is a bi partisan bill that permits customary necessary and incidental transactions with designated groups This means that only fees universally applied to all organizations such as taxes or tolls would be allowed During the 2011 famine in Somalia when the designated group Al Shabaab controlled wide

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/print/1240 (2016-02-16)
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  • Humanitarian Assistance Facilitation Act (HAFA) of 2013: The Basis for HAPPA 2015 | Charity & Security Network
    American Red Cross Care USA Oxfam America and World Visiton In their joint statement they said With HAFA we can focus on doing what we are called to do helping people survive and overcome adversity no matter where in the world they live The language of that 2013 legislation is the basis for new proposed legislation the Humanitarian Assistance and Peacebuilding Protection Act HAPPA There are no legal differences between HAFA and HAPPA The Findings section of the bill and title were adjusted to better reflect the need for peacebuilding in conflict ridden areas Learn more about the new HAPPA legislation Historical Information About HAFA HAFA in the Media 77 Organizations Endorse HAFA Catholic Relief Services Urges Passage of Act that Will Help Get Aid to Civilians World Policy Blog U S Counterterrorism Laws Block International Humanitarian Aid New York Times Antiterror Measures Can Block Humanitarian Aid VIDEO BBC s Mary Harper HAFA would permit aid groups to reach civilians without fears of prosecution at the 7 55 mark In Depth Background Safeguarding Humanitarianism in Armed Conflict A Call for Reconciling International Legal Obligations and Counterterrorism Measures in the United States What Aid Peacebuilding Experts Said About Passing HAFA HAFA frees up agencies to be pure to the humanitarian basis and operate based on need says David Newton of Conciliation Resources an international peace building organization With HAFA we in the humanitarian community can fulfill our mission to provide lifesaving assistance and help the most vulnerable people overcome adversity no matter where in the world they live says Neal Keny Guyer chief executive officer of Mercy Corps 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

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  • Bill Aims to Promote Medical Neutrality, Impose Penalties on Violators
    armed conflict Medical neutrality includes protecting the status of health care during international armed conflict and times of civil unrest and allowing unhindered access of the sick and injured to medical facilities and medical care According to Dr Deborah Ascheim 4 Chair of the Board for Physicians for Human Rights This bill aims to stop the disturbing rise in attacks against health professionals so they can continue to do their important work and also serve as human rights defenders By banning military assistance It sends a signal that the United States does not tolerate these kinds of deliberate violations and allows for concrete actions in order to stop them said Ascheim Violations of medical neutrality include military attacks on medical facilities willful obstruction of medical supplies and medical care and coercion or detention of medical personnel The bill calls for the Secretary of State to publish a list of all foreign governments in violation of medical neutrality on the State Department website Violating governments will be prohibited from receiving military assistance including the sale of arms military training and education and will restrict visas to specific individuals who have violated medical neutrality Physicians for Human Rights led advocacy on the

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/print/1226 (2016-02-16)
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    Switch to audio verification Home page 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

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  • Humanitarian Access to Syrians Must be Respected by Assad and the U.S.
    by the Assad regime they represent an added barrier to the unimpeded access that Kerry calls for For example the law that prohibits providing material support 3 to terrorists has an exemption for medicine and religious materials Medical services are not included That means that doctors who treat injured people with associations to the al Nusra Front which is on the terrorist list are violating the law While the Treasury Department has issued a General License 4 to allow NGOs to engage with the Syrian government for the purpose of providing aid programs no such license applies to engagement with non state armed groups that are on the U S list That means that aid decisions are not being made on the basis of need alone as required by humanitarian principles Instead aid delivery decisions can be skewed by legal concerns That is not to say that the Assad regime has been cooperative It has not It must cooperate with aid groups and allow access And U S law must be made consistent with humanitarian principles President Obama during a High level Event at the General Assembly 5 in October did not mince his words when he remarked that human progress has always been propelled at some level by what happens in civil society Nor did he when he chastised a growing number of countries that are passing laws designed specifically to stifle civil society But while this vocal support of civil society and humanitarian access from Obama and Kerry are welcome they do little to placate the concerns of humanitarians on the ground As a recent UN and Norwegian Refugee Council report points out 6 significant factors leading to the high death toll in the Somalia famine were both the presence of the terrorist group al Shabaab and legal

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/print/1137 (2016-02-16)
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