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  • Students Planning Peaceful Demonstration Target of Police Spying | Charity & Security Network
    Washington said documents obtained through a public disclosure request shed light on the police department s monitoring of activist groups She described how a plain clothes University of Washington UW police officer Tanesha van Leuven attended meetings of a student group in April and collected information which she later passed on to her superiors Students who attended the April 8 meeting said she introduced herself as Tani and appeared to be a genuinely committed social justice advocate Days later students say they saw her in her police uniform and she was unapologetic after they confronted her about her identify and actions The documents included UW Police Department e mails and PowerPoint briefings relating to activists on campus and their potential civil disobedience activities The Student Workers Coalition SWC had been organizing school custodians to protest cuts in jobs wages and hours Rules do not prohibit undercover officers from attending public meetings but members of the SWC claim that UW police have been targeting their organization for months SWC member Salmun Kazerounian described the spying on the students as an embarrassing waste of public resources that disrupts legitimate and important organizing activities This is not the first time government officials have been caught spying on activists in Washington state Taylor also used the press conference to urge state lawmakers to support the Creating the Washington Enhanced Intelligence Act which combines two related bills that would forbid authorities from collecting maintaining or disseminating information about an individual or group s political or religious beliefs or activities absent a reasonable suspicion of criminal conduct Both measures failed to pass the state legislature in early 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

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/Students_Planning_Peaceful_Demonstration_Target_Police_Spying (2016-02-16)
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  • To Increase Peace, Tackle Corruption, Report States
    peace do not appear to impact corruption The most important aspect of this relationship is what the report s authors call a tipping point if a country has low levels of corruption increases in corruption will have little effect on peace but once a certain threshold of corruption is reached small increases in corruption can result in large decreases in peace Examining Corruption According to the report corruption is commonly defined as the abuse of entrusted power for private gain and includes acts such as bribery fraud extortion embezzlement and kickbacks The most significant forms of corruption associated with falling levels of peace are within the police judiciary and government Increases in police and judicial corruption directly undermine the rule of law thereby increasing political instability which can lead to the collapse of those institutions which were designed to prevent violence and conflict the report states The report found 64 countries that could be considered at our near the tipping point of corruption The countries at or near the tipping point include authoritarian regimes hybrid regimes and flawed democracies The strongest democracies tend to be the most peaceful and the most corrupt There are no democracies below the tipping point Global Peace Index Pease was assessed in the report using the Global Peace Index GPI the world s main measure of national peacefulness It defines peace as the absence of violence or the fear of violence and measures three domains the extent to which countries are involved in ongoing domestic and international conflicts the level of societal safety and security and the extent to which a country is militarized Once a country moves through the tipping point the report explains eight internal indicators from the GPI deteriorate dramatically These indicators are political terror political instability violent crime violent demonstrations organized

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/print/1297 (2016-02-16)
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  • Report: Injustices, Not Economics, Drive Youth Recruitment in Armed Groups
    they do not appear to contribute to stability youth who are more civically engaged are more likely to engage in political violence Because youth leaders tend to be more assertive and politically aware they are more likely to react to injustices As the report explains multisectoral programs that offer vocational training along with psychosocial support and protection measures can create positive outcomes for youth in conflict ridden areas However these programs must be tailored to address the sources of violence rather than the symptoms and implementing agencies must understand the local context spend time building trust and coordinate with other aid groups A holistic systems approach looks at the various worlds that youth move through family school work peers recreation and seeks to engage on each of these layers It is essential however that interventions be tailored to local context and drivers of conflict and developed with local youth Creating meaningful connections between groups has been shown to reduce support for political violence while simply increasing social connections only increases support for it The type of interactions rather than the quantity is key The academic literature on recruitment to political violence increasingly sees it as an interplay of push and pull factors Armed groups offer a way to escape or avenge the frustrations of society as well as purpose dignity and a sense of belonging Usually these groups are borne out of a weak venal or violent state Without meaningful reform of these governments creating meaningful opportunities for youth and improved security is only part of the solution Integral to this work is lengthening the timeline for successful outcomes along with flexibility deep local engagement and a tolerance for risk Aid programs employ few if any of these into their work The impulse to move fast thwarts thoughtful locally rooted

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/print/1291 (2016-02-16)
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  • Report: Does CVE Work?
    from past experience with government efforts to engage communities on countering terrorism It then analyzes how those evaluations have impacted the evolution of CVE The report finds that governments have begun to integrate knowledge from their initial forays into the CVE space and that CVE has become better focused on the risk of extremist behavior over time As such second wave CVE measures are focused on a series of refined

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/print/1352 (2016-02-16)
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  • Send by email | Charity & Security Network
    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 More Than 50

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/printmail/1352 (2016-02-16)
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  • International NGO Statement Critical of Administration's CVE Strategy | Charity & Security Network
    at a special CVE side event during the UN general assembly in September There are good things in the CVE strategy like empowering women and youth and looking at issues of inequality and social grievances said Melanie Greenberg president of the Alliance for Peacebuilding But the strategy still assumes the problem is over there and that we can reduce radicalization locally without discussing global and national factors that fuel feelings of alienation or our own dependence on using militarized responses to conflict The statement sets out six policy recommendations urging the administration to Announce robust financial commitments to civilian led prevention and development at the UN General Assembly side meeting on CVE and reinforce these commitments in the FY17 Budget Request to Congress Ensure that security operations do not work at cross purposes with development and peacebuilding efforts the draft Action Agenda should be amended to include the CVE objectives of all relevant USG agencies Reverse cuts to democracy and governance programming and advance new monitoring and evaluation frameworks for measuring governance improvements across bilateral and multilateral assistance programs Uphold commitments to rights based governance in all bilateral assistance U S security assistance to other states to counter or prevent violent extremism must emphasize and ensure the protection of human rights citizen security and equal justice under law Reform counterterrorism laws and regulations that prevent humanitarian development and peacebuilding organizations from working to reduce the propensity of communities to support violent extremism this includes the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and related Executive Orders the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act Export Administration Regulations and partner vetting systems PVS and RAM Commit to establishing voluntary USG NGO Guidelines for implementing the CVE Agenda through joint USG and NGO dialogues that include local community stakeholders The statement notes that supporting communities

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/International_NGO_Statement_CVE (2016-02-16)
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  • C&SN Signs On to Letter Objecting to CVE Expansion | Charity & Security Network
    speculated on the reasons for its absence The bill passed out of committee that evening on a voice vote While the bill is intended to address all types of violent extremism including both Islamic and racially motivated terrorism such as the June 2015 shooting of nine churchgoers in Charleston S C there is concern that in practice the targets of DHS efforts would be Muslim At least one witness testifying at the July 15 hearing also stressed that efforts to counter radical ideologies and messaging must be focused at the grassroots level rather than government driven The joint letter sent to Rep McCaul and Rep Bennie Thompson D MS July 10 asserts that this effort is misguided and likely to be harmful The letter explains that despite years of experience with CVE programming in the U S and abroad there is no evidentiary basis for concluding that these programs contribute to reducing terrorism which is their stated goal It goes on to state that there is no reliable criteria that can be used to predict who will commit a terrorist act and that the program would result in further civil rights and privacy violations unreliable reporting to law enforcement and a waste of federal dollars The letter cites intense opposition to pilot CVE programs rolled out earlier this year in Boston Los Angeles and Minneapolis which critics say only serve to alienate communities and fan the flames of extremism The letter asserts that any further plans on CVE should await the results of ongoing independent evaluations of these pilot programs It adds that CVE efforts threaten freedom of speech association and religion The risk factors that government agencies put forward often include common behaviors associated with religious practice and political activism To date CVE programs have almost exclusively targeted American

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/Letter_Objecting_CVE_Expansion (2016-02-16)
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  • State Department Outlines CVE Strategy in New QDDR | Charity & Security Network
    Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review QDDR the State Department s policy roadmap released April 28 by Secretary of State John Kerry While the CVE strategy as outlined in the report emphasizes the importance of a free and functioning civil society it echoes the rhetoric from the February White House Summit on CVE and the September 2014 P residential Memorandum which focuses on restrictions imposed by foreign governments and does not address the global impact of U S restrictions on civil society Desptie this the QDDR presents yet another potential opening to create dialogue around this issue Read more 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

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/node/1301 (2016-02-16)
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