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  • Organizations Endorsing the Humanitarian Assistance Facilitation Act (2013) | Charity & Security Network
    organizations seee list below voiced thier support of HAFA In 2015 the HAFA bill was revised for reintroduction in the 114th Congress The new bill known as the Humanitarian Assistance and Peacebuilding Protection Act HAPPA is garnering support from a wide array of humanitarian and peacebuilding organizations Learn More About the New HAPPA Legislation Additional HAFA Endorsements Berghof Foundation The Carter Center Collaboration Specialists Community of Sant Egidio Human Rights First Karuna Center for Peacebuilding Muslim Legal Fund of America The Peace Alliance The Student Peace Alliance Syrian American Medical Society Tikva Grassroots Empowerment Fund Zakat Foundation of America Original HAFA Endorsements ACDI VOCA Action Against Hunger Adeso African Development Solutions Alliance for Peacebuilding American Friends Service Committee American Red Cross American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa Baptist World Alliance Catholic Relief Services CARE USA CBM CDA Collaborative Learning Projects Charity Security Network Church World Service Conciliation Resources Constitution Project Convoy of Hope Defending Dissent Foundation Episcopal Relief Development Evangelicals for Middle East Understanding Evangelicals for Social Action Friends Committee on National Legislation Genocide Watch Global Links Global Ministries of the Christian Church and United Church of Christ Global Rigths Good360 Grassroots International Heifer International Helen Keller International HelpAge USA Human Appeal Human Rights Watch InterAction International Center for Religion and Diplomacy International Medical Corps International Rescue Committee IntraHealth International Relief Development Joint Council on International Children s Services KinderUSA Life for Relief and Development Lutheran World Relief Mercy Corps Operation USA Oxfam America Paragon Philanthropy LLC Project Concern International Peace Appeal Foundation Peace Development Fund Planet Aid Plan International USA Refugees International ReSurge International Save the Children STAND Stop Hunger Now The USA for UNHCR The Hunger Project Trickle Up UMCOR Unitarian Universalist Service Committee World Neighbors World Vision Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/HAFA_Endorsers (2016-02-16)
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  • Join Our Twitter Storm in Support of HAPPA | Charity & Security Network
    peacebuilders to do their jobs more effectively without the barriers currently created by U S counterterror laws Learn more about HAPPA In order to get HAPPA passed we need your help Use our hashtag HAPPASavesLives to promote the proposed legislation On Tuesday April 29 we will be sending tweets to Members of Congress returning from Spring recess urging them to co sponsor HAFA and ensure that it becomes law To join this effort all you have to do is use this quick and easy guide to show members in the House of Representatives why HAFA is so important Be sure to use the hashtags HAPPASavesLives and NeedHAPPANow when you send your tweets 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

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/node/1218 (2016-02-16)
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  • UN Humanitarian Chief Warns of Chilling Impact of Counterterror Laws on Charities in Syria | Charity & Security Network
    group by the British government worry they could be prosecuted for any engagement with ISIS even when it is for the sole purpose of providing aid to civilians Both the UK and U S have very strict laws against any transactions with designated groups regardless if the transaction is necessary to gain access to civilians Amos said these laws need to change in order to let humanitarians do their vital work We have reports of people being on the brink of running out of food said Amos People certainly have run out of medical supplies in many of these areas So as the needs rise we re having fewer people in the ground able to meet those needs and ultimately people will die The radio segment also includes first hand accounts of the restrictions from the Norwegian Refugee Council and Oxfam UK 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

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/node/1238 (2016-02-16)
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  • Obama Waives Ban on Arming Terrorists to Allow Aid to Syrian Opposition (Washington Examiner) | Charity & Security Network
    to vetted opposition groups fighting Syrian dictator Bashar Assad Some elements of the Syrian opposition are associated with radical Islamic terrorist groups including al Qaeda which was responsible for the Sept 11 attacks in New York Washington D C and Shanksville Pa in 2001 Assad s regime is backed by Iran and Hezbollah Sen Bob Corker R Tenn and Sen Carl Levin D Mich endorsed providing military assistance to the Syrian opposition during an appearance on CBS Face the Nation Sunday Our intelligence agencies I think have a very good handle on who to support and who not to support Corker said And there s going to be mistakes We understand some people are going to get arms that should not be getting arms But we still should be doing everything we can to support the free Syrian opposition 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

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/Obama_Waives_Prohibition_Weapons_Terrorists (2016-02-16)
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  • The Chilling Effect of the “Material Support” Law on Humanitarian Aid | Charity & Security Network
    material support statute was first enacted the Supreme Court in Holder v Humanitarian Law Project affirmed the constitutionality of this broad grant of authority to the government to prosecute individuals providing material support including humanitarian aid to foreign terrorist organizations A May 2013 article in the Harvard National Security Journal outlines why many charitable organizations have raised concerns about how the law and Court s decision hurt humanitarian aid work around the world It also outlines prosecutorial guidelines to formalize safe harbors to allow for humanitarian activities in places most desperately in need of aid 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/1040 (2016-02-16)
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  • Challenges to Aid Delivery in Conflict Zones | Charity & Security Network
    of the potential for such assistance to become criminalized under U S law A panel of experts VIDEO discussed this problem and other issues at an event sponsored by CSN and Hunter College s Human Rights Program in December Panelists including the Global Fund for Women s Shalini Nataraj expressed concern that U S counterterrorism measures make it nearly impossible for humanitarian groups and grantmakers to carry out their missions in some of the most intractable conflicts around the world TRANSCRIPT See also Safeguarding Humanitarianism in Armed Conflict This report outlines how IHL calls for a focus on humanitarian need rather than political considerations and a preservation of the neutrality of humanitarian organizations operating in conflicts 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

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/node/957 (2016-02-16)
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  • "I could be imprisoned for my work of peacemaking." | Charity & Security Network
    November asking Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to exempt activities aimed at preventing or resolving conflicts with terrorists from the material support statute Conflict mediation human rights training and peace building efforts aimed at turning terrorist groups away from violence can be criminalized punishable by over 15 years in prison Under current law I could be imprisoned for my work of peacemaking Secretary Clinton has the authority to ensure the law is applied in a way that enhances national security and yet still permits specific types of peace building activities that can only be done by civil society Learn more about the material support statute 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

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/node/939 (2016-02-16)
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  • State Dept, USAID Sued Over Foreign Aid in West Bank and Gaza | Charity & Security Network
    Operations and Related Programs Appropriations Act of 2012 and similar laws passed in prior years Pub L 112 74 The Palestinian Anti Terrorism Act of 2006 22 USC 2378b The Anti Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act 18 USC 2339 A and 2339B Appropriations laws The suit largely focuses on funding through the Economic Support Fund ESF The appropriations act forbids using such funds to support a Palestinian state unless the Secretary of State makes specific findings that the recipient has demonstrated a firm commitment to peaceful coexistence with the State of Israel is taking appropriate measures to counter terrorist financing and is working toward a just and lasting peace The suit alleges that no such findings have been made and that no waiver based on national security has been given See Sec 7036 of the appropriations act Violation of numerous other restrictions on the ESF are alleged including funding entities controlled by or affiliated with Hamas such as resources to accomplish civil objectives that Hamas would otherwise be responsible for thus freeing up Hamas existing resources for other causes principally including terrorism p 49 Palestinian Anti Terrorism Act of 2006 The violations of the Palestinian Anti Terrorism Act of 2006 include foreign assistance for the Palestinian Authority which the suit alleges is controlled by Hamas without regard to restrictions These include a Presidential certification that no part of the PA is controlled by Hamas and that it has publicly acknowledged Israel s right to exist adhering to peace agreements and taking steps to dismantle terrorist operations and infrastructure The complaint says no such certification has been made and that they cannot be made in good faith because they would be falsehoods p 26 The only other exception is funding to nongovernmental organizations to meet food water medicine health or

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