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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

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/printmail/710 (2016-02-16)
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  • UN Report: Security Measures that Restrict Humanitarian Access Hurt Vulnerable Civilians
    from the United Nation s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs The report available here 2 calls on governments to amend legislation and policies which undermine humanitarian engagement with all parties to the conflict including non state armed groups essential to access all affected populations To Stay and Deliver Good Practices for Humanitarians in Complex Security Environments finds barriers to humanitarian action such as the ban on contact with

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/print/531 (2016-02-16)
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  • Report: Friend Not Foe Documents Negative Impacts of Counterterrorism Measures, Calls on Civil Society to Defend Its Positive Role
    where their work is urgently needed but a designated group may operate This chilling effect is also felt by foundations charities and donors in the restrictions on international financial transactions The report finds that development agencies are increasingly choosing to fund a limited number of centralized large scale organizations for fear of having their charitable donations stigmatized as financing terrorism Some donors the report says have become risk averse and reluctant to fund initiatives that address controversial issues or challenge inequalities The new rules have left vulnerable populations underserved According to the report some CTMS turn philanthropists into spies For instance the Treasury Department s Anti Terrorist Financing Guidelines 8 is an inappropriate one size fits all approach to charity regulation that urges charities to collect personal information about their grantees and to report suspicious information to law enforcement Leaders from the nonprofit sector have described the Guidelines as useless and embarrassing damaging trust with the very groups that could make a difference in addressing conditions that lead to terrorism Another program the Partner Vetting System PVS 9 would require allUnited States Agency for International Development USAID grant applicants to submit detailed personal information on key individuals within partner organizations and share information with intelligence agencies PVS has yet to fully implemented but if invoked PVS would impose new data collection obligations on charities and divert staff and funding from grant making It would compromise the independence of nonprofits operating in conflict zones and further endanger aid workers and their local partners To ensure accountability of resources and finances civil society groups and development NGOs have adopted a number of voluntary codes for greater due diligence and transparency The report mentions three of them InterAction s Private Voluntary Organization standards 10 Principles of International Charity 11 developed specifically to address the threat of diversion of resources for terrorism by a working group of grantmakers NGOs civil society organizations and legal experts An accreditation program 12 developed and operated by Muslim Advocates Featuring four case studies Colombia Kenya Indian and the Philippines the report provides examples of legislative and regulatory measures that curtail universally recognized human rights including fundamental freedoms of expression association and assembly and that restrict the funding and operational space of charities These constraints have been used to crack down on NGOs and activists who criticize government policies and deny access to vulnerable populations who may live or be trapped in places controlled by a designated terrorist organization An example of this occurred in Somalia 13 where aid groups providing food to nearly one million at risk of starvation Somalis had to cease operations over concerns that some of the food might be diverted to the al Shabab which is on the list of terrorist organizations In countries like the Philippines and Uganda civil society groups attempting to overcome conflict and political injustices face intense pressures from both armed rebels and the government In Colombia civil society groups promoting peace have been accused by the government of supporting

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/print/587 (2016-02-16)
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  • Humanitarian Overview Looks Ahead to 2016
    people half of them children have had to flee their homes due to conflict and violence The crisis in Syria perhaps the most profound conflict worldwide is in its fifth year During 2015 more than 830 000 refugees and migrants fled to Europe approximately half of them from Syria Despite the security concerns and access issues in volatile areas around the world almost 6 million people received monthly food assistance and 4 4 million people received and other assistance and shelter support in 2015 In addition more than 9 million people received medical care and more than 5 million children benefited from education support Looking ahead to 2016 humanitarian needs are expected to grow especially in the midst of the El niño weather patterns These needs will require 20 1 billion in funding to serve 87 6 million people in 37 countries the report states Currently about 60 million people are displaced around the world and more than a quarter of these displacements are due to the conflicts in Iraq South Sudan and Syria The report goes on to outline how urgent needs can be met despite funding shortfalls such as leveraging diverse funding sources and using the right mix

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/print/1378 (2016-02-16)
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  • Paper: International Humanitarian Law Primary Means of Protecting Civilians
    and by the use of force under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations It demonstrates that while the Security Council has increasingly authorized the use of force to protect civilians in armed conflict international humanitarian law remains the principal means of protecting civilians in armed conflict The author Keiichiro Okimoto is a member of the Office of Legal Affairs for the United Nations Secretariat and is formerly

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/print/933 (2016-02-16)
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  • UN/USAID Report Finds Inadequate Aid Contributed to Higher-than-Estimated Deaths in Somalia Famine
    Agency for International Development s USAID Famine Early Warning Systems Network FEWSnet the study estimates that between October 2010 and April 2012 nearly five percent of the region s population and 10 percent of its children died because of severe food shortages The presence of al Shabab a group on the U S terrorist list in famine affected areas made legal restrictions 3 an issue for aid groups Between October 2010 and April 2012 the study estimated that 258 000 excess deaths occurred in southern and central Somalia of which 52 133 000 among children under 5 years old p 8 That represents over 17 percent of children under the age of five The positive impact of humanitarian response can have is noted in the improvements in food security in Somalia in 2012 In addition to better rains and crops the study said improve access to parts of Somalia i e Mogadishu and the scale up of relief wherever access was possible including by a variety of non traditional donors and actors is likely to have made a considerable difference Indeed our model suggests strongly that humanitarian assistance was a critical modulator of the effects of food insecurity p 54

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/print/1018 (2016-02-16)
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