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    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/printmail/288 (2016-02-16)
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  • Humanitarian Assistance and Peacebuilding Protection Act (HAPPA) Would Remove Barriers to Charity and Peacebuilding
    have created for charities seeking to aid children women and men in need of lifesaving assistance who have the misfortune of living in areas where terrorist groups operate It would also curb legal limits on faith based and peacebuilding efforts seeking to end or prevent armed conflict before it requires expensive military or humanitarian interventions As witnessed in Somalia from 2010 to 2012 2 nearly 260 000 people half of them under the age of five died from a famine that was predicted months in advance These deaths were largely preventable had aid organizations been permitted to provide humanitarian services in areas controlled by al Shabaab a designated terrorist organization without fears of violating U S law If passed HAPPA would tackle the harmful effects from these measures that specifically delay and block humanitarian aid and peacebuilding activities HAPPA is based on proposed legislation in 2013 the Humanitarian Assistance Facilitation Act HAFA which did not pass There are no legal differences between HAPPA and HAFA The Findings section of the bill and title were adjusted to better reflect the need for peacebuilding in conflict ridden areas Read more about the 2013 HAFA bill 3 Specifically the 2015 HAPPA would amend the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act including the Material Support Statute to allow aid groups to engage in speech or communication with a terrorist organization to prevent or alleviate the suffering of a civilian population It would clarify that the President does not have the authority to restrict transactions with a foreign person that is subject to sanctions when the transactions facilitate the donation or provision of humanitarian goods and services It also would create an Advisory Council on U S policy at the direction of the Secretary of State related to

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/print/1310 (2016-02-16)
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  • Material Support Overview
    Famine 43 Sen Leahy to DOJ 44 Issue Guidance to Protect Humanitarian Activities 45 State Dept Announces New Policy to Allow Famine Aid in Somalia Treasury Releases Limited Guidance 44 U S Announces New Policy to Allow Famine Aid in Somalia 46 Sen Leahy Letter to AG Holder and Sec State Clinton 47 Concerns About Famine Relief Peacebuilding and the Material Support Law 48 The President Must Address Life and Death Policy Matters in Somalia 47 U S Anti terror Law Hinders Aid Efforts to Somalia 49 Legal Roadblocks are Causing Humanitarian Crisis 50 Humanitarian Law Project HLP case Two Law Review Articles Criticize Impact of Holder v Humanitarian Law Project 51 HLP Ruiling Fails the Common Sense Test 52 Multimedia HLP v Holder Videos 53 Material Support in the Humanitarian Law Project HLP Supreme Court Case 54 HLP Addressing Impact of Material Support Laws on Peacebuilding Programs 55 Nonprofit and Legal Expert Response to Supreme Court Ruiling in HLP 56 Reports Report Uncovers Over Hyped Material Support of Terrorism Prosecutions by U S 57 Article Chilling Effect of the Material Support Statute on Humanitarian Aid 36 Book The Strategy of Isolation in Somalia Has Failed 58 ISPU Selective Enforcement of Material Support Laws Against Muslim Charities 59 DARA Index Gauges Quality of Humanitarian Assistance of Relief and Recovery Efforts 60 Harvard s HPCR Humanitarian Action Under Scrutiny Criminalizing Humanitarian Engagement 61 Are U S Material Support for Terrorism Laws Compatible with IHL 62 2010 Defense Contractors Funding Insurgents 63 2010 Congressional Research Service on Material Support Laws 64 2009 Constitution Project Reforms of Material Support Laws 65 2008 A Hungry Child Knows No Politics 66 Source URL http www charityandsecurity org Material Support Overview2 Links 1 http www charityandsecurity org Material Support Overview2 2 http www charityandsecurity org news 2015 Approps Report Treasury License Probelms 3 http www huffingtonpost com kay guinane us law limits options for b 5339013 html 4 http www charityandsecurity org news Unsatisfactory Response Treasury License Delays 5 http www charityandsecurity org blog Overbroad imbalanced material support 6 http www charityandsecurity org news NRC Head Call Congress Pass HAFA 7 http www charityandsecurity org news Mehanna Petition Supreme Court 8 http www charityandsecurity org news Unsealed Documents Material Support Midwest Activists 9 http www charityandsecurity org news Aid Experts Discuss Challenges Working Terrorist Groups 10 http www charityandsecurity org node 1043 11 http www charityandsecurity org studies Harvard article Material Support 12 http www charityandsecurity org news State Dept Denies Counterterrorism Law Contributed Somali Famine 13 http www charityandsecurity org news Exempt Peacebuilding Activities Material Support Law 14 http www charityandsecurity org news Somali Sentenced 8 Years Prison 15 http www charityandsecurity org news Subpoenaed Activists Resist Grand Jury Investigations 16 http www charityandsecurity org news State Designates Boko Haram Leaders Terrorists 17 http www charityandsecurity org news Bank Services Somali Transfers Curtailed by AntiTerrorism Regulations 18 http www charityandsecurity org studies Counterterrorism Laws Conflict with Humanitarian Action 19 http org2 democracyinaction org dia track

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/print/504 (2016-02-16)
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  • Latest House Approps Report Calls on Treasury to Address Licensing Problems, Sanction Mass Atrocities
    required to submit such a report by the FY14 omnibus appropriations 3 bill and says no such recommendations have been submitted At an April 2014 hearing 4 Rep Jose Serrano D NY told Treasury Secretary Jack Lew that the Department s initial response was inadequate The FY15 report also asks Treasury to use sanctions programs to prevent or respond to mass atrocities in four African countries The language states From House Report page 9 2 General Licenses for Humanitarian Assistance The fiscal year 2014 Omnibus required Treasury to submit recommendations for reducing the response times for applications to the Office of Foreign Assets Control for a General License from humanitarian nongovernmental organizations seeking to provide aid to famine victims in south central Somalia within 45 days of enactment While the Department has provided an initial letter the Committee has yet to receive the recommendations and directs the Department to submit them within 30 days The Committee recognizes the dramatic escalation of conflict in certain African states and supports the imposition of sanctions on those perpetrating some of the worst atrocities in the context of these conflicts Within the funds provided the Committee expects the Office of Financial Assets Control to

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  • Treasury to Send Recommendations on Licensing Process for NGOs to Congressional Committee | Charity & Security Network
    otherwise prohibited by sanctions law The efforts paid off in January 2014 when the Omnibus appropriations bill included language that requires Treasury to report to the House Committee on Appropriations on its plans for reducing delays in the license application process The report is due in March The language says General Licenses for Humanitarian Assistance The reportedly slow response of the Department of the Treasury s Office of Foreign Assets Control OFAC to urgent requests in 2011 for a General License from humanitarian non governmental organizations seeking to provide aid to famine victims in south central Somalia is an ongoing concern Not later than 45 days after enactment of this Act OFAC shall submit to the Committees on Appropriations recommendations for reducing response times for such applications It is online here Search for the word OFAC and it will come up 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

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  • Treasury Gives Unsatisfactory Response to Congressional Question on Aid License Delays
    wait times for licenses granted to permit humanitarian aid in places like Somalia Rep Jose Serrano D NY told Lew he would like to see a more thorough response than what Treasury submitted U S counterterrorism law requires aid groups to get a license from Treasury before operating in areas controlled by terrorists In the case of Somalia most of the neediest civilians were located in areas controlled by al Shabaab a designated terrorist group During the hearing Secretary Lew argued that the issuance of licenses in Somalia has been a very challenging undertaking But he declined to give any specific timetable for a more thorough response the reporting requirement A May 2013 report 3 from the UN and USAID noted that legal restrictions on aid were a contributing factor to the high death rate in the famine A review of the Somalia Famine Timeline 4 demonstrates that Treasury had adequate advance warning of the famine indicating that the challenges Lew refers to were political not administrative or logistical License delays occur in other conflict zones as well One anonymous charity that provides education and psycho social support to children in the Palestinian territories waited two years 5 to receive

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/print/1221 (2016-02-16)
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  • The Overbroad and Imbalanced Approach to Prohibiting Material Support of Terrorism
    been particularly troubling because of how the U S defines terrorism under immigration law The Immigration and Nationality Act INA prohibits refugees who have provided any kind of support to a designated terrorist group such as Hamas or Al Qaeda but also to so called undesignated terrorists any two or more individuals who take up arms or engage in violence Even freedom fighters 4 supported by the U S government are technically terrorist groups under the INA The exemption announced last week allows limited transactions with these undesignated terrorists a move which has been widely applauded particularly as more than 2 3 million have fled the Syrian civil war But the exemption does not protect those who give the exact same kind of minimal and limited support to designated terrorist organizations If the government does not consider limited material support to be problematic why stop at undesignated groups The fact is this disparity is nothing new The U S has long held that any benefit no matter how tangential and regardless of intent to a terrorist group is too much Humanitarian aid and peacebuilding groups have long felt this sting Criminal law and economic sanctions law also prohibit material support to any designated terrorist and have no exemption for aid or conflict mediation programs During the famine in Somalia in 2011 aid groups had to pull out 5 of areas controlled by a terrorist group rather than pay small tolls to them to be able to enter areas with starving civilians No civil society group is advocating for the U S government to permit wholesale funding arms trade or military training with terrorist groups Reducing the flow of funds and equipment to terrorists is an important goal However it should not be done at the expense of civilians fleeing conflict

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/print/1186 (2016-02-16)
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