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  • News | Charity & Security Network
    since 2001 when new counter terrorism legislation came to force charities have been under increased scrutiny Read more about UK Muslim Charities Disproportionately Affected by Anti Terror Laws Civil Society UK District Court Judge Rules No Fly List Unconstitutional Date June 26 2014 A judge in the 9th Federal District in Oregon has declared No Fly Lists unconstitutional The June 24 decision in Latif v Holder ruled that No Fly Lists violate a person s right to travel internationally The case involved 13 U S citizens and legal U S residents 4 of whom were veterans of the U S armed forces Read more about District Court Judge Rules No Fly List Unconstitutional Latest House Approps Report Calls on Treasury to Address Licensing Problems Sanction Mass Atrocities Date July 3 2014 The House Appropriations Committee passed the FY15 appropriations bill with a report that gives the Department of Treasury 30 days from enactment to submit recommendations for how it will reduce delays in processing license applications for humanitarian organizations such as those seeking to provide aid during the 2011 famine in Somalia The report reminds Treasury that it was required to submit such a report by the Read more about Latest House Approps Report Calls on Treasury to Address Licensing Problems Sanction Mass Atrocities UN Humanitarian Chief Warns of Chilling Impact Created by Counterterror Measures in Syria Date July 3 2014 UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos criticized counterterrorism laws that create a chilling impact on humanitarian organizations working in places like Syria In a July 1 BBC 4 radio segment Amos argued that overboard restrictions in the name of countering terror are exacerbating the crisis Our humanitarian response has been slowed down in some areas and stopped altogether and ultimately people will die said Amos Read more about UN Humanitarian Chief Warns of Chilling Impact Created by Counterterror Measures in Syria Treasury Lifts Sanctions on Ohio Based Charity it Once Linked to Hamas WSJ Date July 17 2014 Author WSJ From Treasury Lifts Sanctions on Ohio Based Charity it Once Linked to Hamas by Samuel Rubenfeld Posted July 11 2014 The U S Treasury Department removed sanctions from a defunct charity it once linked to Hamas Read more about Treasury Lifts Sanctions on Ohio Based Charity it Once Linked to Hamas WSJ FATF Releases Report on Terrorism Risks to Nonprofits Date July 17 2014 A report on the risks non profit organizations NPOs face from terrorist abuse was released in June 2014 by The Financial Action Task Force FATF The FATF an inter governmental body that makes recommendations for country level anti terrorist financing policy used over 100 case studies derived from governments and open sources to map vulnerabilities for terrorist abuse present in the NPO sector Read more about FATF Releases Report on Terrorism Risks to Nonprofits AP Exclusive US Changing No Fly List Rules Date August 22 2014 Author Eileen Sullivan Associated Press Aug 19 2014 WASHINGTON The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can

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  • News | Charity & Security Network
    released the report of Maina Kiai the Special Rapporteur on freedoms of peaceful assembly and of assocation that addresses concerns about the exercise of the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association in the context of multilateral organizations generally defined as groups made of up of three or more countries Read more about UN Releases Report on Impact of Multilateral Organizations Impact on Civil Society Freedoms of Assembly and Association Cites FATF Treasury s Informational Licensing Guidance for Humanitarian NGOs Falls Short Date October 24 2014 On Oct 17 2014 the U S Treasury Department s Office of Foreign Assets Control OFAC released Guidance Related to the Provision of Humanitarian Assistance by Not for Profit Non Governmental Organizations intended to provide clarification for nonprofits seeking licenses for activities that would otherwise be prohibited by economic sanctions programs Read more about Treasury s Informational Licensing Guidance for Humanitarian NGOs Falls Short Charity Security Network Calls Treasury Guidance for Humanitarian NGOs a Disappointment Date October 28 2014 The Charity Security Network released a statement on Oct 28 2014 that analyzes the Department of Treasury s Oct Read more about Charity Security Network Calls Treasury Guidance for Humanitarian NGOs a Disappointment In Bizarre Case United Arab Emirates Puts US and EU Charities Rights Groups on Its Terror List Date November 19 2014 Updated The Cabinet of the United Arab Emirates UAE approved a terrorist list of 83 groups on Nov 15 2014 that ranges from armed terrorist groups like ISIS and Boko Haram to American and European Muslim humanitarian and rights groups including the Council on American Islamic Relations CAIR and the Muslim American Society MAS Read more about In Bizarre Case United Arab Emirates Puts US and EU Charities Rights Groups on Its Terror List State Dept Official s Bangladesh Speech on Charities Reinforces Civil Society Restrictions Date December 22 2014 In a message at odds with the Obama administration s Stand for Civil Society initiative the State Department s Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement William Brownfield told a Dec Read more about State Dept Official s Bangladesh Speech on Charities Reinforces Civil Society Restrictions Global NPO Response to FATF s Call for Comments on Best Practices Paper Revisions Date April 27 2015 Seventy nonprofit organizations NPOs from 28 countries submitted joint comments April 24 2015 on the draft Financial Action Task Force FATF Best Practices Paper BPP The comments stressed that the final Best Practices Paper should guide governments on how to take a risk based and proportional approach to protecting NPOs from terrorist abuse The Transnational Nonprofit Working Group on FATF Working Group hopes that a consultation process between FATF and the NPO sector can be formalized so that NPOs are not again put in the position of trying to comment in a short time frame on a draft that has not been made publicly available Read more about Global NPO Response to FATF s Call for Comments on Best Practices Paper Revisions To Increase

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  • Background Document Topic Index
    will find background information on a variety of topics including humanitarian access financial access and remittances material support U S Treasury Department licensing and more You can also go directly to pages containing featured background documents 2 Under construction please check back later for a complete list of documents and links Humanitarian Access Financial Access and Remittances Material Support U S Treasury Department Licensing Source URL http www charityandsecurity org

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  • Studies/Reports Overview and Topic List
    69 Paper Is the U S Undermining International Humanitarian Law 70 Paper International Humanitarian Law Primary Means of Protecting Civilians 71 Report IHL and IHRL Work Together to Protect Rights of Civilians 72 Material Support Report Uncovers Over Hyped Material Support of Terrorism Prosecutions by U S 73 Article Chilling Effect of the Material Support Statute on Humanitarian Aid 74 Peace and Peacebuilding Report 2015 Global Peace Index 75 To Increase Peace Tackle Corruption Report States 76 Study Global Peace Index 2014 77 USIP Report Countering Violent Extremism A Peacebuilding Perspective 30 Handbook Explores Different Approaches to Peacebuilding 78 Study Finds Terrorist Listing Inhibits Peace Programs 79 Book Peacebuilding Through Community Based NGOs 80 Report on Conflict Analysis Highlights Importance of Engaging With Local Actors 81 Track II Diplomacy Laying the Groundwork for Peace 82 The Complexities of Engaging with Armed Groups 83 Report Laying the Groundwork for Disarmament Demobilization 84 Book The Strategy of Isolation in Somalia Has Failed 85 Protection Report U S Should Embrace Responsibility to Protect R2P 86 Resources ICNL Database of Legal Resources for Nonprofits 87 Surveillance and Intelligence Investigations Human Rights Watch and ACLU Report Shows Impact of Mass Surveillance on Journalists and Lawyers 88 National Security Letters in Foreign Intelligence Investigations 89 Report Terrorist Threats Uncovered by Traditional Police Work Not NSA Surveillance 90 Brennan Center Broad Data Collection on Americans Does Little to Stop Terrorism 91 ACLU Report FBI Violates Civil Liberties Operates Unchecked Post 9 11 92 Report Counterterrorism Apparatus Used to Monitor Occupy and NDAA Activists 93 CRS Report FBI Investigations Often Exceed Constitutional Restraints 94 Terrorism Global Terrorism Index 2015 95 State s 2012 Terror Report 96 Terrorist Listing Study Building Peace in Permanent War Terrorist Listing and Conflict Transformation 97 Report Terrorist Listing Delisting Process Unconstitutional Needs Reforms 98 Report The OFAC List Due Process Challenges in Designation and Delisting by LCCR of SF Bay Area 99 Study Finds Terrorist Listing Inhibits Peace Programs 79 Source URL http www charityandsecurity org node 1340 Links 1 http www charityandsecurity org node 1340 2 http www charityandsecurity org resources type studies analysis amp tid All 3 http www charityandsecurity org sites default files files IndexofReportsOct2014 20 1 pdf 4 http www charityandsecurity org SafeguardingHumanitarianism 5 http www charityandsecurity org studies Deadly Combination 6 http www charityandsecurity org studies Anti Diversion Policy Study 7 http www charityandsecurity org studies Kidnapping Aid Workers Highest 2012 8 http www charityandsecurity org studies Host States Impact On Security Humanitarian Operations 9 http www charityandsecurity org studies 15 Years Data Aid Worker Attacks 10 http www charityandsecurity org studies Fostering Security For Local Aid Partners 20 11 http www charityandsecurity org studies Attacks on Aid Workers on the Rise 12 http www charityandsecurity org studies Unchecked Executive Power American Muslim Charitable Giving 13 http www charityandsecurity org studies Zakat Institutions Challenges 14 http www charityandsecurity org studies Study Examines Zakat Organizations Gaza 15 http www charityandsecurity org Report CT Laws Conflict Humanitarian Action 16 http

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  • Report: Kidnapping of Aid Workers at Highest Level in 2012 | Charity & Security Network
    injured has decreased as there were no mass casualty events Afghanistan Pakistan South Sudan and Somalia continue to have the highest rate of attacks on aid workers And for the first time Syria ranked in the top 5 of total number of attacks in 2012 Unlike attacks with intent to kill kidnapping offers a chance for monetary gain by armed groups Since 1997 only 14 percent of aid workers kidnapped were killed during the abduction and or rescue attempt Only a small percent were successfully rescued with the vast majority being held until being released either through negotiations or ransom payments The report recommends that humanitarian aid organizations adhere to established principles to prevent kidnappings These include varying routes and schedules and maintain good relationships with local communities They also suggested that aid agencies need to approach kidnapping negotiations with a broader more nuanced perspective on negotiating release acknowledging that acceptance and the ability to negotiate secure access have broken down and must be rebuilt with all parties in order to continue or resume operations 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

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  • WEF: Civil Society’s Future Bright but Not Without Challenges | Charity & Security Network
    leaders from civil society government and other key sectors In the report s introduction WEF founder and executive chairman Klaus Schwab praises the sector as a key player in world affairs saying Non governmental organizations NGOs labour leaders faithbased organizations religious leaders and other civil society representatives play a critical and diverse set of roles in societal development Despite this acknowledgment the sector s operational space is shrinking in some countries Whether via strict media oversight or burdensome regulatory hurdles for civil society organizations governments in numerous countries are restricting the space for civil society particularly in the arena of advancing human rights or democratic principles the report says While many of these measures may not constitute overt acts such as bans applying onerous arbitrary or poorly administrated registration processes and limiting access to national and foreign funding limits the effectiveness of humanitarian activities in places where its most needed In some countries anti terror finance regulations are being used to target political opposition and curb freedoms of assembly and association It is a shame to see some governments quietly gagging their civil society actors I strongly believe that governments and their citizens have so much to gain from strong and dynamic civil society organizations Richard Blewitt CEO of HelpAge International says in the report Along the same lines WEF s Nicholas Davis head of constituents and strategic initiatives wrote in a Huffington Post blog about the role of civil society in an ever changing and increasingly interconnected global landscape Civil society plays a key role in modeling the kind of organizations individuals movements and partnerships that are built on trust commitment a sense of service and a focus on the collective good In all its forms civil society can continue to hold all stakeholders including itself to the highest

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  • Paper: Role of Civil Society in Checking Government Restrictions on Fundamental Rights | Charity & Security Network
    thrust legal restrictions aside in pursuit of security objectives Whether it was through the National Security Agency s illegal warrantless wiretapping program shutting down charities that allegedly provided material support to listed terrorist groups or aggressively using informants and provocateurs to spy on law abiding communities Cole says the government often treated the law and constitutionally protected rights as inconvenient obstacles on the path to security Constraints on these controversial powers were often and sometimes only spurred by pushback initiated by civil society according to Cole Groups like the American Civil Liberties Union the Bill of Rights Defense Committee the Constitution Project and the Muslim Public Affairs Council disclosure some of these organziations have members on CSN s advisory board have spent nearly a decade and in some cases even longer playing a critical role in the restoration of constitutional and human rights values as the formal institutions of government Their efforts include testifying before Congress filling lawsuits at all judicial levels producing educational programs and materials and through the use of international mechanisms to pressure the U S to meet its legal and humanitarian obligations Cole describes these efforts as civil society constitutionalism which he defines as the unique role that civil society organizations committed to constitutional rights play in bridging the gap between formal constitutional law and ordinary politics and in reinforcing the respect for constitutional limits Cole says that role of civil society is particularly important in periods of crisis when neither the formal separation of powers nor the public at large are likely to perform much of a checking function Cole writes that civil society stands up for constitutional rights at times when the courts the political branches and the people themselves are likely to discount or dismiss such rights civil society groups help to reinforce

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  • Remittances to Somalia Continue to Decline | Charity & Security Network
    environment This has significantly reduced the number of remittances sent by family members to their relatives in Somalia The recent survey updates a 2012 13 study by the same group which highlighted the importance of remittances to Somalians in that they provide an essential lifeline to both urban and rural Somali households The earlier study estimated remittance flows to Somalia at US 1 2 billion per year most of it used by families to cover expenses such as food clothing education and medical care The July survey found that considerable proportions of households that received remittances over the January to June 2015 period have reported a decline in the amounts of remittances received Outside of the capital Mogadishu 35 percent of urban emittance recipients surveyed reported a decline in remittances a finding that Oxfam America characterized as disturbing Nearly a third of households stated that said that money transfers were no longer available in the countries where their relatives were living However lack of accesses to remittance services in senders countries was not found to be the primary reason for this decline In many instances remitters reduced the amount they sent Whether the reduction in the amount sent by remitters is linked to potential increase in the transaction cost associated with finding an alternative but potentially more costly money transfer mechanism remains a possibility that should be explored the report states The reduction in remittances received by internally displaced persons was far more drastic Just one percent to eight percent of these people received remittances in the first half of 2015 The declines in remittances received between January and June 2015 period underscore the importance of the need for monitoring remittance flows and their dynamics more closely the report states This should include fostering collaboration and partnership with the major

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