archive-org.com » ORG » C » CHARITYANDSECURITY.ORG

Total: 1481

Choose link from "Titles, links and description words view":

Or switch to "Titles and links view".
  • Our Fears Confirmed | Charity & Security Network
    invited to join former U S President George W Bush in a press conference condemning the 9 11 attacks If they were actually doing their homework you d think World Check would have realized there were a few mistakes World Check is used by more than 300 government and intelligence agencies 49 of the 50 biggest banks pre employment vetting agencies and top law firms These designations by a private company in other words can and have resulted in warrantless de banking employment denials and even subsequent listing in government agency databases For each terrorism profile included in World Check s database it includes a list of the sources it uses to create the profile Some have been created solely from allegations written on conservative blogs Islamophobic websites and political organizations the article states It goes on to explain that the service does not hold lists of approved sources for risk based information or allegations about an individual entity Both the choice of sources and the designation are at the disretion of the employees who create the profiles Fantastic Some kid straight out of college could ruin your life You d think someone would have figured out by now that this could be a problem Furthermore there appears to be no way to successfully challenge a World Check terrorist designation That s assuming you even know you re on the list Banks aren t legally obligated to tell their clients why their accounts have been closed and World Check binds its users to secrecy wonder why Now that the perverbial cat is out of the bag World Check has some explaining to do And a legal team to assemble we re guessing Upon learning that they ve been designated as terrorist by World Check numerous individuals and organizations none of

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/Expose_World_Check (2016-02-16)
    Open archived version from archive


  • Do Counterterrorism Grant Clauses Contradict Humanitarian Principles? | Charity & Security Network
    providing relief to communities in Palestine the principles of international humanitarian law humanity impartiality neutrality and independence loom large These are not simply lofty goals Because the effectiveness of aid delivery relies on adherence to these principles it is essential that any aid organization whether based in Palestine or elsewhere become intimately familiar with them There is an additional advantage to understanding these principles they can be used as the basis for challenging problematic counterterrorism clauses in contracts with donors be they governments or private sources Read the full blog published at Aid Watch Palestine 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/Counterterrorism_Grant_Clauses_Humanitarian_Principles (2016-02-16)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Show Me the Money? | Charity & Security Network
    a steady increase in the number and volume of fines is it any wonder that financial institutions are cutting off relationships with any customer suspected of being the least bit risky And now this from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state s Department of Financial Services NYDFS have proposed new anti money laundering and counter terrorist financing regulations that would create personal liability for banks compliance officers NYDFS blames the heightened concern on shortcomings in the transaction monitoring and filtering programs and lack of robust governance oversight and accountability at senior levels Do they really think this is going to stop terrorism Turn a paperwork error into an all expenses paid trip to Rikers Island More likely it s going to stop smart people from working in the financial industry If these regs are passed folks may be leaving Wall Street for more appealing work in say telemarketing Seriously as we ve been hollering for months increased regulation leads to increased de risking That in turn increases the risk of driving money into unregulated less transparent channels As the author of this piece astutely asks Has anyone talked this out Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/Show_Me_the_Money (2016-02-16)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Is Treasury Starting to Pay Attention? | Charity & Security Network
    mitigation options Because not ALL humanitarian aid organizations have had their financial services terminated banks can argue that they are looking at charity clients on a case by case basis But banks don t seem to be holding up to the second part of Treasury s definition what Sheets described as a careful assessment of the risks and the tools available to manage and mitigate those risks In fact banks aren t even telling charities why they re being dropped which of course makes it extremely difficult to fix a perceived problem Correspondent Banking Both Sheets and Szubin pointed to a decline in correspondent banking relationships as a crucial piece in the de risking puzzle Sheets even acknowledged that maintaining these relationships is essential to charitable activities along with facilitating international trade conducting cross border business providing US dollar financing and fostering global economic growth wonder which of these he considers most important Large banks have reassessed the risks associated with correspondent clients New surveys by the World Bank support this conclusion three quarters of large banks said they d reduced the number of the correspondent accounts in recent years Fewer correspondent banking relationships means reduced ability to retain clients utilizing these services regularly High risk countries are impacted the most This of course is where humanitarian aid organizations are doing their life saving work What s Driving the Account Closures Sheets and Szubin cited a number of factors at play in when financial institutions decide to close accounts including low interest rates more rigorous capital and liquidity requirements and most frequently AML CFT compliance The latter involves the cost of complying with regulations uncertainty about appropriate due diligence and the nature of enforcement actions Banks are concerned that involvement with certain high risk clients could increase the length frequency

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/Is-Treasury_Paying_Attention (2016-02-16)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Expose Finds World-Check Riddled with Errors | Charity & Security Network
    The article confirms what charities have heard for years that groups with no ties to terrorism are listed in the database used by 300 government agencies and 49 of the 50 largest banks fueling the de risking phenomenon Because banks have no legal obligation to tell customers why their accounts are being closed and because World Check binds its users to secrecy de banked entities have had no way of determining the source of their woes Those that have been able to trace the problem find that there s no clear path to successfully challenge an erroneous listing according to the article Read our blog 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/Expose_Vice_News (2016-02-16)
    Open archived version from archive

  • World-Check: The Dangers of Privatizing Terrorist Lists | Charity & Security Network
    maintain a good public reputation it is vitally important that charities are absolutely clear about who is donating money to them and who they are donating money to 5 One service offered by World Check Know Your Customer is specifically designed to establish whether a prospective customer is listed on any sanctions lists in connection with suspected terrorist activities money laundering fraud or other crimes 6 Because World Check actively links relationships such as family members and associates 7 services such as Know Your Customer ignore the humanitarian imperative that charitable organizations have for beneficiaries Individuals can be flagged without any evidence of wrongdoing This could make some humanitarian organizations hesitant to provide aid to certain people even when no real threat is present This amounts to guilt by association Critics cite lack of accuracy accountability World Check boasts that it is often ahead of OFAC and other sanctions lists in determining the suspect status of a person or organization In 2010 World Check s Risk Screening database identified over 200 entities before they appeared on the US Government s OFAC list 8 This kind of proactive approach has garnered criticism for the potential mistakes that could be made Erich Ferrari an attorney who specializes in OFAC litigation said that World Check s proactive approach sends the wrong signals in that it prematurely condemns individuals and entities to sanction like consequences before those parties actually have sanctions imposed against them by a government organization with the authority to do so The CEO of World Check David Leppan has admitted that they do use lower standards than the government to add entities to their database 9 Some fear that these lower standards will cause incorrect information to be unfairly applied to individuals and charities Mary Culnan a professor at Bently College warns that there could be serious impacts on a person who has a similar name to another on the database This could be particularly damaging because World Check is used by so many financial institutions If all the banks are using the same system and they reach the same conclusion incorrectly that is wrong said Culnan 10 A report commissioned by the Canadian government to investigate the possible effect of private sector terrorist and money laundering databases shared many of the same concerns The report noted that individuals could be flagged persons of special interest due to their economic activities and that such determinations would be made behind closed doors and would impose very real economic consequences upon an individual who had not been convicted in a court of law for any predicate offense to money laundering or terrorist financing Leppan does not dispute this fact admitting that once a person is on the World Check database the likelihood of them opening up a bank account or applying for a passport in their own name is very slim 11 No delisting process It would be difficult for a person or organization labeled as terrorist in the World Check database to

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/background/WorldCheck_Private_Databases_Raise_Concerns (2016-02-16)
    Open archived version from archive

  • CSN Board Member Critiques UN's CVE Plan | Charity & Security Network
    violent extremism and its prescription for a host of programmatic political and institutional actions with significant implications Read the blog 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

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/PILAC_Blog_Critiques_UN_CVE_Plan (2016-02-16)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Good Governance Can Erode Appeal of Sectarian Groups | Charity & Security Network
    gain These actions propelled sympathy for armed insurgencies which purported to offer marginalized groups an alternative to the corrupt Iraqi government the report states 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

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/Good_Governance_Erode_Appeal_of_Sectarian_Groups (2016-02-16)
    Open archived version from archive



  •