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  • Study: FATF Doesn't Do Enough to Evaluate Effectiveness, Monitor Potential Harms | Charity & Security Network
    and little to no cost benefit analysis has been done to identify potential harms created by the recommendations The FATF system has proceeded as if it only produces public and private goods said the study but there needs to be more acknowledgement of the actual and potential financial costs of recommendations their potential abuse by authoritarian regimes as well as potential negative impacts on NGOs and parts of civil society The study goes on to offer three specific ways that FATF s recommendations can harm civil society Registration and reporting requirements for civil society groups will increase the intrusion of state monitoring and thereby control their affairs Administrative and financial costs created by regulatory compliance can threaten the survival of small associations In Islamic societies controls intended to restrict the financing of terrorism can deprive societies of locally delivered charitable activities that help the local society These impacts on civil society can undermine FATF s intended outcomes because it harms the very groups that can advocate for clean politics and against corruption More on the impact of FATF recommendations on civil society groups can be found here Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/studies/FATF_Effectiveness_Monitor_Harms (2016-02-16)
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  • Charity & Security Network, Human Security Collective Send Recommendations to Financial Action Task Force | Charity & Security Network
    that money or goods from nonprofit organizations make up a miniscule portion of overall terrorist financing Yet FATF argues they are particularly vulnerable FATF should utilize available research on the prevalence of abuse to ensure any measures are proportional to the actual threat 2 Typologies should be based on analysis of evidence that classifies clusters of similar cases FATF should use concrete data rather than isolated case studies when crafting their typologies By focusing on trends FATF can craft nuanced typologies that more accurately reflect on the ground realities 3 A variety of strategies are needed to address a variety of types of abuse A one size fits all approach to countering terrorist financing is ineffective and can negatively impact civil society groups Of the few nonprofits that have been found to be funneling money to terrorist groups a majority were front organizations that served no charitable purpose Fewer organizations had funds diverted to terrorists through fraud by a bad actor These and other distinctions should be kept in mind when formulating typologies 4 Typologies should recognize the diverse structures and functions of NPOs Many nonprofit organizations are not engaged in international funds transfers and do not work in conflict zones where terrorist groups are present These organizations effectively pose no risk and typologies should recognize this fact 5 FATF should avoid an overbroad definition of terrorist financing Activities covered by the fundamental freedoms of speech and association should never be included in typologies or FATF s recommendations The definition of what is extremist speech may be too broad and any effort to regulate it opens the floodgates for governments to quell dissent or any speech it deems unacceptable 6 Risk mitigation procedures undertaken by the NPO sector should be recognized Nonprofit organizations often have robust processes already in place

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/FATF_Typologies_Recommendations (2016-02-16)
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  • Obama Hosts Panel on Supporting Civil Society | Charity & Security Network
    society citizens coming together to insist that a better life is possible pushing their leaders to protect the rights and the dignities of all people However he also criticized a growing number of countries that are passing laws designed specifically to stifle civil society forcing groups to register with governments eroding human rights protections restricting NGOs from accessing foreign funding cracking down on communications technologies UN Special rapporteur for freedom of association and assembly Maina Kiai echoed the president s concerns Repressive legislation often shared between states is becoming a threat to civil society as UN Member States make laws criminalizing or restricting the work of civil society said Kiai He went on to detail laws that force NGOs to register or put restrictions on their ability to raise funds Going forward he urged the UN and U S to place increased emphasis on human rights and space for civil society Focusing on repressive legislation Doug Rutzen the President and CEO of the International Center for Not for Profit Law urged that we have to engage with the Financial Action Task Force FATF to make sure our counterterrorism measures don t undermine what we re trying to do today The FATF an intergovernmental policy making body that sets anti terrorist financing and anti money laundering standards has been criticized for not taking into account the ways in which it s recommended standards can be used as justification for limiting civil society More on the FATF can be found 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

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/Obama_Panel_Civil_Society (2016-02-16)
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  • FATF Releases Guidance for Complying with UN’s Targeted Sanctions Regime | Charity & Security Network
    1989 and Security Council Resolution 1373 According to the FATF the implementation of these procedures requires co ordination between a country s financial intelligence and law enforcement officials However to foster widespread support for an effective counter terrorist financing regime countries must respect human rights respect the rule of law allow due process recognize and protect the rights of bona fide third parties in these measures To minimize the burdens imposed by these rules the guidance suggests governments develop a communications plan explaining its assets freezing regime for their country s private sector C ountries need to be aware of the impact compliance with these laws has on their business activities and seek to minimize the costs of compliance as far as possible At the same time no such concerns are made for reducing the impact compliance with these measures have on humanitarian programs carried out by the non profit sector a sector described as high risk 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

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/new_FATF_Guidance_UN_Sanctions (2016-02-16)
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  • FATF: Regulations Should “Not Harm” the Work of Civil Society | Charity & Security Network
    with civil society on implementing its financial policy recommendations A February 2012 report from the Transnational Institute and Statewatch finds many of the legal and regulatory measures recommended by the FATF invite excessive state regulation and surveillance which restricts the activities and thus the operational and political space of civil society organizations The FATF statement said The FATF Plenary discussed the progress in preparing for the implementation of the revised Recommendations and the 4th Round of Mutual Evaluations FATF will continue its dialogue with the private sector and civil society The dialogue will include the Recommendation which covers the activities of Non Profit Organizations It will be important that regulations and actions in this area do not harm the legitimate activities of such organizations emphasis added See also The FATF s Opportunity to Protect Nonprofits An In Depth Look at FATF From the NGO Perspective 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/news/FATF_Regulation_Should_Not_Harm_the_Work_Civil_Society_Groups (2016-02-16)
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  • Charity & Security Network
    Terrorism 2012 is a 200 page study provides an assessment of trends and events in international terrorism that occurred during 2012 The annual survey is mandated by Congress and was prepared by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism located at the University of Maryland Read more about State s 2012 Terror Report Study Examines Anti Diversion Policies of Humanitarian Organizations Date June 5 2014 The Harvard Law School Brookings Project on Law and Security published a May 2014 study outlining the procedures humanitarian groups use to ensure their aid is not diverted to unintended recipients Read more about Study Examines Anti Diversion Policies of Humanitarian Organizations Oxfam Terror Financing Fears Hurting Remittances to Somalia Again Date August 26 2013 Terror financing concerns are driving banks to deny financial services to Somalis wanting to send remittances to family living in the East Africa nation according to an Oxfam report released on July 31 2013 Remittances represent a significant share of Somalia s economy and many families depend on them to pay for basic needs and services But fear of running afoul of anti terror finance rules imposed by the U S and other countries is often cited by financial institutions as the reason for curbing services to areas they consider high risk But according to the report titled Keeping the Lifeline Open a remittance channel closure is among the most worrisome of the possible and foreseeable catastrophes that could befall Somalia Read more about Oxfam Terror Financing Fears Hurting Remittances to Somalia Again Threats to Civil Society on Rise says CIVICUS 2013 Report Date May 2 2013 A vibrant and independent civil society is an essential ingredient of effective and stable democracy the 2013 State of Civil Society report produced by CIVICUS says But in too many cases it warns the voices of civil society are being stifled and the space in which they can express their views is shrinking Recent years have witnessed a wave of legal barriers funding restrictions and administrative burdens on civil society organizations As a result it is becoming increasingly difficult for these groups to exist function grow and offer their best possible contribution to society With contributions from nearly 50 civil society leaders and experts including a chapter from Statewatch s Ben Hayes on the impact of anti terror finance measures on nonprofits the 500 page report identifies how the vice is tightening on human rights defenders around the world Read more about Threats to Civil Society on Rise says CIVICUS 2013 Report HSPI The Future of Terrorism Finance Date June 25 2012 The evolving nature of how terrorists finance their operations makes it important to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of anti terror finance strategy To that end the June 2012 Issue brief from the Homeland Security Policy Institute The Next Decade of Countering Threat Finance Risks Opportunities and Limitations identifies where terrorists commonly raise their funds and likely sources of future threats Read more about HSPI The

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/issue/Anti-Terrorism%20Financing (2016-02-16)
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  • Kay's Blog Posts | Charity & Security Network
    Support Laws The Next Don t Ask Don t Tell Oct 2011 The Hill How to help Somalia by Gabor Rona Human Rights First and Kay Guinane Sept 2011 Huffington Post Time to Lift Ban on Conflict Resolution Programs Humanitarian Aid Operating in Hot Spots June 2011 Huffington Post The Supreme Court Working for Peace Is a Prosecutable Offense June 2010 Council on Foundations A Dialogue Ends But the Commitment Remains Dec 2010 London School of Economics Global War on Terror Blog American counter terrorism measures in flux as civil society promotes reforms Oct 2010 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 FATF to Revise Recommendation 8 January

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/node/1001 (2016-02-16)
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  • Protect Civil Society to Counter Terrorism | Charity & Security Network
    and independently are likely to be counterproductive in reducing the threat of terrorism Three reports from the United Nations General Assembly all timed to coincide with its 70th Session in September paint a dire picture of the rights of civil society around the globe while emphasizing the importance of creating enabling environments for it The first report focusing on the situation of human rights defenders laments that in many countries defending and promoting human rights remain an extraordinarily dangerous activity The second highlighting the different treatment of NPOs and businesses around the world calls on states to ensure that the two sectors are treated equitably by laws and practices The third report draws attention to the value of a thriving civil society in combatting violent extremism Seems pretty straightforward right As one of the reports states Sectoral equity is not a difficult concept to adopt It is simply a matter of political will But this isn t the first time the UN has addressed these issues and all are based on previous UN resolutions As the international body continues to crank out reports explaining that things aren t improving countries around the world including the United States seem to turn a blind eye to their own detriment The post 9 11 mentality has not changed despite advances in research real data showing the valuable role of civil society in all of this We should be lifting up groups that defend the oppressed and meet the needs of vulnerable populations THAT is how you counter 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

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/UNGA_70th_Three_Reports (2016-02-16)
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