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  • S. Korean NGOs start shipping humanitarian aid to N. Korea (Global Post) | Charity & Security Network
    shipping humanitarian aid to North Korea on Monday to help alleviate the plight of disadvantaged people living in the impoverished country The move comes after the unification ministry early last week allowed 12 local NGOs to send goods to show Seoul is open to offering urgent humanitarian assistance to the North despite punitive sanctions imposed by the United Nations and rocky cross border relations The move marks the second time under the Park Geun hye administration which took office in late February that Seoul has approved shipments of medicine food and other basic materials to the communist country Full story 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 Vetting System January 21 2016 Over 100 Nonprofits Ask

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/NGOs_Aid_to_North_Korea (2016-02-16)
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  • Syria Crisis: Calls for All Sides to Protect Civilians | Charity & Security Network
    ICRC statement in part said See related State Dept Calls for Access to Civilians Respect for IHL in Syria Problems with Humanitarian Access Persist in Syria 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

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/node/1087 (2016-02-16)
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  • Negotiating for Aid Delivery in Mali | Charity & Security Network
    S in March 2013 the group includes local Taureg fighters and predominantly operates in the northern parts of the country Gao Timbuktu and Kidal and has connections with AQIM Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa MUJAO The group is an off shoot of AQIM and has been designated as a terrorist organization by the U S in December 2012 and UN National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad MNLA Predominantly made up of secular Taureg fighters this group is seeking autonomy inside the country Humanitarian Access Negotiating for Aid When armed groups first began occupying regions of northern Mali in April 2012 widespread insecurity drove several international NGOs and UN agencies to withdraw or suspend their humanitarian campaigns Adding to the difficulties humanitarian organizations wanting to deliver aid to civilians in areas controlled by terrorist groups have to negotiate the difficult terrain of counterterrorism measures that restrict humanitarian assistance in those places U S law prohibits any support to a designated terrorist group and even inadvertent capture or use of humanitarian aid intended for civilians by AQIM or Ansar al Dine members could result in significant legal consequences for aid workers Despite the risk and renewed fighting in 2013 a handful of NGOs continued to operate in the northern parts of the country including the International Committee of the Red Cross ICRC Médecins du Monde MDM Action against Hunger ACF Solidarité Internationale and MSF But rather than negotiate access directly with armed groups and potentially violate U S law these aid groups negotiate with village level committees who have less authority and represent smaller numbers of civilians Now it is much more complicated with a lack of authorities in place ACF head Franck Vannetelle said in April 2013 As of April 2013 Oxfam reports that nearly two thirds

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/background/Negotiating%20for%20Aid%20in%20Mali (2016-02-16)
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  • HRW Calls for UN to Demand Improved Humanitarian Access in Syria | Charity & Security Network
    Security Council make the statement during a July 16 briefing on Syria but instead the Security Council focused their comments on keeping borders open for refugees impacted by the intense conflict The statement from HRW comes after a recent investigation revealed that restrictions on humanitarian access put in place by both the Syrian government and opposition forces led to several dozen civilian deaths in al Qusayr Many lives in al Qusayr might have been saved if the Syrian government had allowed aid organizations to do their jobs said Senior Emergencies Research for HRW Ole Solvang Politics may be to blame for the lack of a strong condemnation of the restriction from the Security Council According to HRW Russia has twice blocked the Security Council from issuing statements regarding impeded humanitarian access until well after the conflicts were over Solvang called out this obstructionism saying When people are dying every day Security Council members should be calling for humanitarian access not hiding behind political negotiations An estimated 100 000 people have died in the Syrian civil war since it began in March 2011 Syrians living in opposition controlled areas continue to bear the brunt of the violence and are receiving a fraction of the assistance they require due to security constraints and lack of access According to UN figures about 40 percent of the food it is providing to nearly 2 5 million Syrians goes to opposition or contested areas and the remainder to parts of Syria still under government control 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/HRW_Calls_UN_Sec_Council_Demand_Humanitarian_Access (2016-02-16)
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  • Conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo | Charity & Security Network
    2003 renewed fighting by armed groups in the eastern part of the country has led to a new wave of refugees fleeing from danger It is estimated that almost 2 6 million people are internally displaced and another 500 000 have fled into neighboring states CSN has compliled in depth background information about that country s conflict listed terrorist groups and the barriers for humanitarian groups trying to delivery critically urgent aid to civilians See CSN s overview of the Conflict the Humanitarian Situation in the DRC See also Problems with Humanitarian Access Persist in Syria Somalia The 2011 Famine and its Response Negotiating for Aid Delivery in Mali 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 Vetting

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/node/1064 (2016-02-16)
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  • Treasury Issues License to Permit Humanitarian Aid in Syria | Charity & Security Network
    prohibited in support of the following non for profit activities 1 Activities to support humanitarian projects to meet basic human needs in Syria including but not limited to drought relief assistance to refugees internally displaced persons and conflict victims food and medicine distribution and the provision of health services 2 Activities to support democracy building in Syria including but not limited to rule of law citizen participation government accountability and civil society development projects 3 Activities to support education in Syria including but not limited to combating illiteracy increasing access to education and assisting education reform projects and 4 Activities to support non commercial development projects directly benefiting the Syrian people including but not limited to preventing infectious disease and promoting maternal child health sustainable agriculture and clean water assistance To make delivery of such services feasible the General License permits NGOs to engage in transactions with the Government of Syria that are necessary for the activities authorized This includes payment of fees obtaining permits and similar logistical arrangements NGOs have been seeking a similar General License for famine aid in Somalia but to date there has been no response from Treasury Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/node/645 (2016-02-16)
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  • Congress Must Investigate Restrictions on Humanitarian Assistance During Somali Famine | Charity & Security Network
    the 2010 2012 crisis in Somalia A new study by USAID and the UN s Food and Agriculture Organization found a drastic reduction in humanitarian assistance combined with widespread conflict and drought contributed to a death rate much higher than previously known Congress should investigate how U S law restricted humanitarian assistance to the people of Somalia especially children who made up 52 percent of all fatalities It must also look at how the licensing process at the Department of Treasury s Office of Foreign Assets Control failed to effectively work with U S charities that wanted to conduct humanitarian operations in south and central Somalia the areas hardest hit by the crisis but were unable due to concerns of violating U S law See Somalia Crisis Timeline 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

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/node/1019 (2016-02-16)
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  • Access Barriers Mean Aid Trickling into Syrian Opposition-Controlled Territory | Charity & Security Network
    are frequent amid the ongoing fighting severely constraining humanitarian operations Relief organizations access to areas in need of humanitarian aid is subject to the consent of the host country under international norms Therefore as long as the Assad regime remains in control of the country the reach of the UNs relief agencies and many aid groups who do not have persimmon to legally enter the country is limited The New York Times reports that the Assad regime has also blocked the UN from using many of the shortest routes from Turkey to opposition held area near the border thus forcing the UN to send aid convoys on longer and more dangerous routes through the war zone Eight UN workers have been killed during the conflict a spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said As a result of the access restrictions the response to those in need has been inadequate even as their numbers steadily grow UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos who has visited the region four times in recent weeks said that getting aid to opposition held territories remained mostly out of reach We are watching a humanitarian tragedy unfold before our eyes she said But at least six international aid groups working in refugee camps in northwestern Syria are providing assistance to 20 000 people according to Agence France Presse AFP With operational bases across the border in neighboring Turkey the groups are keeping a low profile and using false names to deflect unwanted attention We are working for a Syrian organization an Italian looking female aid worker told AFP Another group working in and near opposition controlled territory is Médecins Sans Frontières MSF which operates three hospitals in northern Syria It has repeatedly called for a deal to let impartial aid get to

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/Access_Barriers_Aid_Trickling_Syrian%20Opposition-Controlled_Territory (2016-02-16)
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