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    by several prominent humanitarian organizations Groups like Medecins Sans Frontieres MSF and InterAction who represent many aid groups working in Somalia say the decision will jeopardize the delivery of impartial humanitarian assistance in the country As long as the conflict continues combining humanitarian with political and military support functions risks undermining effective delivery of aid This is especially true in areas controlled by non state armed groups which is where the needs of the affected population are greatest and where access is most difficult said Kathrin Schick Director of VOICE a network of over 80 European NGOs active in humanitarian aid efforts worldwide said in a joint press release with InterAction and the International Council of Voluntary Agencies ICVA Read more about UN Security Council Decision Undermines Aid in Somalia MSF Integrating Aid into Military Strategy Threatens Humanitarian Efforts in Somalia Date March 5 2013 Humanitarian assistance to millions of Somalis must remain a top priority and not be subsumed into political processes a leading international medical humanitarian organization said on Feb 28 2013 Responding to United Nations statements about integrating humanitarian assistance into the ongoing international military campaign in Somalia Jerome Oberreit Medecins Sans Frontieres MSF Secretary General said in a press release that politicizing humanitarian aid puts Somalis and aid workers responding to the crisis in even greater danger Although the famine was officially declared over last February a MSF report based on interviews with more than 800 Somalis says humanitarian need and access remains a challenge especially to nearly two million people living in the south and central parts of the country Read more about MSF Integrating Aid into Military Strategy Threatens Humanitarian Efforts in Somalia ODI Magazine Examining the Civil Military Relationship in Conflict Zones Date February 4 2013 There is both a need to revisit

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/issue/Militarization%20of%20Aid (2016-02-16)
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  • Charity & Security Network
    Date September 11 2015 A wealth of background information is available in this section organized by topics such as humanitarian access financial access and remittances grantmaking countering violent extremism and more You can also go directly to pages containing key background documents Under construction please visit this page later for a complete list of background document topics and links Humanitarian Access Read more about Background List of Experts Date June 2 2012 The Charity and Security Network provides a list of experts with policy legal and field experience on how national security laws impact nonprofits and the people they serve To invite them for press interviews conferences or other speaking events please contact us Read more about List of Experts DID YOU SEE Safeguarding Humanitarianism in Armed Conflict Date July 21 2012 A new report by the Charity Security Network Safeguarding Humanitarianism in Armed Conflict examines how the international humanitarian obligations of the U S conflict with domestic counterterrorism measures when applied to charities seeking to aid civilians in areas of armed conflict Download the Full Report Download the Executive Summary Safeguarding Humanitarianism in Armed Conflict is a comprehensive study of the corrosive effect of counterterrorism measures on humanitarian action It drives home the point that over reaction is the very thing that makes terrorism succeed Gabor Rona Human Rights First Read more about DID YOU SEE Safeguarding Humanitarianism in Armed Conflict DID YOU SEE Safeguarding Humanitarianism in Armed Conflict Date July 21 2012 A new report by the Charity Security Network Safeguarding Humanitarianism in Armed Conflict examines how the international humanitarian obligations of the U S conflict with domestic counterterrorism measures when applied to charities seeking to aid civilians in areas of armed conflict Download the Full Report Download the Executive Summary Safeguarding Humanitarianism in Armed Conflict is a

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/issue/Miscellaneous (2016-02-16)
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  • Charity & Security Network
    nongovernmental organizations NGOs and for profit entities who apply for United States Agency for International Development USAID contracts and grants to ensure that USAID funded activities are not inadvertently providing support to entities associated with terrorism Under the PVS pilot program the U S government requires many grant applicants to submit detailed personal information on key employees and subcontractors to USAID for comparison with intelligence databases Read more about Partner Vetting System Summary and Analysis New Budget Language Intended to Rein In Partner Vetting System Date January 21 2016 Author External Link Report language in the Omnibus budget bill is intended to rein in the U S Agency for International Development s USAID Partner Vetting System PVS With the insertion of this paragraph once the PVS pilot program is completed USAID and the U S Read more about New Budget Language Intended to Rein In Partner Vetting System CRS on U S Aid to West Bank and Gaza Date July 10 2012 According to 2012 Congressional Research Services CRS report on U S Foreign Aid to the Palestinians the aid is intended for preventing terrorism and meeting humanitarian needs and preventing further destabilization particularly in the Gaza Strip Where these two priorities intersect is subject to a host of vetting and oversight requirements and legislative restrictions The report calls on Congress to evaluate and assess future aid programs and their oversight vetting monitoring and evaluation requirements Read more about CRS on U S Aid to West Bank and Gaza CSN Files Comments on Proposed USAID Rule that Gathers Data on Charity Partners Date October 3 2013 Click Here for PDF Version of CSN s Comments September 30 2013 Michael Gushue M 0AA P USAID Washington 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington DC 20523 Re Notice of Proposed Rulemaking RIN 0412 AA71 Partner Vetting in USAID Assistance 78 Fed Reg No 168 page 53375 Dear Sir The Charity Security Network CSN submits these comments on behalf of our membership a diverse network of nonprofit stakeholders that have serious concerns about the harmful effects of the proposed Partner Vetting System PVS as conceived in the proposed rule CSN s mission is to protect civil society s ability to carry out effective peacebuilding humanitarian aid development and other public benefit work in a manner consistent with democratic values and human rights principles Our members include international non governmental organizations NGOs grantmakers peacebuilding groups civil liberties and human rights organizations and religious groups Read more about CSN Files Comments on Proposed USAID Rule that Gathers Data on Charity Partners Vetting in Afghanistan Issues with the Defense Department State and USAID Date November 14 2013 Author Emily Nickles J D Notre Dame Law working in Washington DC under Notre Dame s Law s Public Service Initiative In order to ensure that Department of Defense DOD funds are not awarded to individuals or groups that actively oppose United States U S and Coalition Forces Congress included Section 841 in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act Section 841

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  • Charity & Security Network
    to Lift Ban on Conflict Resolution Programs Humanitarian Aid Operating in Global Hot Spots Cross section of Nonprofits Support Reform of Security Laws That Hinder Charities First U S Charities Gain Accreditation in Muslim Advocates Program Administration s Upcoming Shift on Counterterrorism Strategy Should Include Fairness for Charities How an Intent Requirement Can Fix Material Support Laws Resources Principles of International Charity Power Point of Proposed Policy Reforms Safeguarding Charities in the War on Terror Threats to Civil Society in the U S from Government Restrictions on Nonprofits Proposals from Muslim Advocates Reports EU Time to Examine Counterterrorism Policies USIP Report Reform Listing Procedures to Turn Groups Away From Violence Report Charities Threatened by Government Barriers Report Strong Partnerships Prevent Terrorism Read more about Solutions Overview Power Point of Proposed Policy Reforms This power point reviews the Charity and Security Networks proposed model policies for national security laws applied to charities aid development and other nonprofit organizations To view it click on the file attachment below It will make a download box in the lower left corner of your screen Click on it to open Read more about Power Point of Proposed Policy Reforms Power Point of Proposed Policy Reforms This power point reviews the Charity and Security Networks proposed model policies for national security laws applied to charities aid development and other nonprofit organizations To view it click on the file attachment below It will make a download box in the lower left corner of your screen Click on it to open Read more about Power Point of Proposed Policy Reforms Update Broad Coalition of Nonprofits Asks Obama to Put Humanitarian Imperative First in Fixing Problems for Charities Date June 4 2010 Updated On June 4 2010 almost 40 nonprofits grantmakers and charitable groups wrote to President Barack Obama asking him to fulfill the commitment made in his June 2009 speech in Cairo to address problems current national security laws create for charitable giving The organizations represent a broad cross section of the charitable community including grantmakers humanitarian aid and development groups peacebuilding programs human rights advocates and more Read more about Update Broad Coalition of Nonprofits Asks Obama to Put Humanitarian Imperative First in Fixing Problems for Charities Good Governance Can Erode Appeal of Sectarian Groups An absence of inclusive responsive and accountable governance was a major factor in the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ISIS according to research by the humanitarian organization Mercy Corps In its new report Investing in Iraq s Peace How Good Governance Can Diminish Support for Violent Extremism Mercy Corps explains that after the U S led invasion of Iraq political players fanned the country s sectarian flames for their own 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 Read more about Good Governance Can Erode Appeal of Sectarian Groups Good Governance Can Erode Appeal of Sectarian Groups An absence of

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/issue/Solutions (2016-02-16)
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  • Charity & Security Network
    proposals address problems with the licensing mechanism run by Treasury s Office of Foreign Assets Control OFAC that aid groups have repeatedly found to hamper humanitarian action in places like Somalia and the Palestinian Territories with dire consequences for civilians waiting for urgently needed assistance Improvements to the current process outlined in the proposal include having OFAC issue clearly defined standards for non governmental organizations NGOs applying for a license timetables for responding to an application and providing an explanation for any application that is rejected To further discuss these ideas CSN has requested a meeting with Adam J Szubin OFAC s Director to make the process work better for charities and for OFAC Read more about Proposals To Improve Licensing Process for Charity Programs Sent to Treasury Need to Update Treasury s Terrorist Listing and Delisting Procedures Date April 26 2013 Read more about Need to Update Treasury s Terrorist Listing and Delisting Procedures Need to Update Treasury s Terrorist Listing and Delisting Procedures Date April 26 2013 Read more about Need to Update Treasury s Terrorist Listing and Delisting Procedures UN Report Urges for More Transparency During De Listing Process Date March 6 2011 On Feb 28 2011 the United Nations UN Security Council emphasized the need for transparency and fairness in the process for persons or groups seeking to be removed from its list of designated terrorists Read more about UN Report Urges for More Transparency During De Listing Process UN Report Urges for More Transparency During De Listing Process Date March 6 2011 On Feb 28 2011 the United Nations UN Security Council emphasized the need for transparency and fairness in the process for persons or groups seeking to be removed from its list of designated terrorists Read more about UN Report Urges for More Transparency

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/issue/Transparency (2016-02-16)
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  • Charity & Security Network
    Justice DOJ on Mar 14 2007 Chiquita Brands International agreed to pay a 25 million fine after admitting it paid terrorists for protection in a dangerous region of Colombia The payments made between 1997 and 2004 continued despite the company s knowledge that they were illegal The company was allowed to continue profitable production during the investigation The U S Read more about Double Standard Chiquita Banana Fined Not Shut Down for Transactions with Designated Terrorists Double Standard Chiquita Banana Fined Not Shut Down for Transactions with Designated Terrorists Date April 3 2007 In a plea agreement with the U S Department of Justice DOJ on Mar 14 2007 Chiquita Brands International agreed to pay a 25 million fine after admitting it paid terrorists for protection in a dangerous region of Colombia The payments made between 1997 and 2004 continued despite the company s knowledge that they were illegal The company was allowed to continue profitable production during the investigation The U S Read more about Double Standard Chiquita Banana Fined Not Shut Down for Transactions with Designated Terrorists Tainted Book A Misguided View About Charities Date November 19 2009 Author Kay Guinane Speaking at a money laundering conference in Washington DC on Oct 12 2009 David S Read more about Tainted Book A Misguided View About Charities Tainted Book A Misguided View About Charities Date November 19 2009 Author Kay Guinane Speaking at a money laundering conference in Washington DC on Oct 12 2009 David S Read more about Tainted Book A Misguided View About Charities U S Is Arming Syrian Rebels But Refugees Who ve Aided Them Are Considered Terrorists ProPublica Date October 2 2013 From Theodoric Meyer ProPublica Sep 30 2013 Authorized by Congress the CIA has started sending weapons to Syrian rebels But under a legal

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/issue/Unequal%20Enforcement (2016-02-16)
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  • Humanitarian Access Overview | Charity & Security Network
    President Must Address Life and Death Policy Matters in Somalia US to Ease Anti Terrorism Rules to Help Somali Famine Victims Anti Terror Law Hinders Aid Efforts to Somalia Mercy Corps Jeremy Konyndyk Will the US Stand by as Famine Looms in Somalia Index Guages Quality og Humanitarian Assitance of Relief and Recovery 2010 Now is a Good Time for a Good Faith Standard IN DEPTH Legal Roadblocks for US Famine Relief to Somalia Creating Humanitarian Crisis Resources Negotiating for Aid Delivery in Mali Feb 22 2012 telebriefing on Somalia featuring Allan Jury Director of the U S Relations Office for the World Food Programme and Vincent Cochetel Regional Representative for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Audio file transcript available here Aug 10 2011 telebriefing on Somalia featuring Eric D Johnson Associate General Counsel at CARE USA and Kay Guinane Audio file Transcript available here OFAC Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Private Relief Efforts in Somalia State Dept Aug 2011 Press Briefing on Humanitarian Aid to the Horn of Africa The Impact of Counterterrorism Measures on Charities and Donors After 9 11 Printable handout State Dept Aug 2011 Background Briefing on Somalia and Delivery of Humanitarian Assistance Brookings Barriers to Access During Humanitarian Crisis MSF Humanitarian Negotiations Revealed Sphere Handbook for Humanitarian Responders Reports Talking to the Other Side Humanitarian Negotiations with Al Shabaab in Somalia Counterterrorism Measures Stifle Humanitarian Action by UN OCHA and the NRC CRS Syria Overview of the Humanitarian Response UN USAID Inadequate Aid Contributed to Higher than Estimated Deaths in Somalia Famine Protect Humanitarian Space in Somalia Report Focuses on Facilitating Principled Humanitarian Action ODI Why Militaries and NGOs Interact to Protect Civilians Paper IHL and IHRL Work Together to Protect Rights of Civilians ODI Negotiating Humanitarian Access Deadly Combination Disaster Conflict and the U

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  • UN Humanitarian Chief Warns of Chilling Impact Created by Counterterror Measures in Syria | Charity & Security Network
    counterterrorism legislation that was not written with charities in mind lends itself to confusion Some groups are uncertain how much engagement with a terrorist organization is permitted before it becomes a crime According to Ingrid MacDonald Director of Geneva Humanitarian Policy at the Norwegian Refugee Council It s not one piece of legislation We have the US legislation we have the UK legislation we have the Norwegian the Swedish Organizations operating internationally must contend with these various legal regimes which often have different requirements and create confusion administrative burdens and high costs to charities Remedying the problem will likely require a change to domestic law Mike Parkinson a policy advisor for Oxfam UK said that aid groups will have to work with governments to determine changes to the law We want to deliver aid to people who need it when they need it said Parkinson but There have been instances where we ve been asked for payments and that has led to us reviewing whether that program can go ahead Allowing some small and incidental payments in cases where they are absolutely necessary to access civilians may offer a relief valve Legislation pending in the U S House of Representatives would do just that The Humanitarian Assistance Facilitation Act HAFA is a bi partisan bill that permits customary necessary and incidental transactions with designated groups This means that only fees universally applied to all organizations such as taxes or tolls would be allowed During the 2011 famine in Somalia when the designated group Al Shabaab controlled wide swaths of territory this law could have helped many organization access starving civilians and saved lives While Amos did not think that allowing any kind of payments to terrorist organizations would be the right course she did underscore the need for change We

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