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  • Good Governance Can Move Iraq Towards Peace | Charity & Security Network
    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 When Haider al Abadi took over following Prime Minister Maliki s resignation in August 2014 Sunnis anticipated improved government services according to Mercy Corps opinion surveys New leadership also led to a decline in support for armed insurgent groups such as ISIS among marginalized communities Mercy Corps therefore concludes that getting governance right would ameliorate popular support for sectarian militancy However because the new prime minister s reforms face numerous obstacles resulting in slow progress towards reform opinion polls now show that confidence in the central government continues to erode The report shows that improving government legitimacy is vital to a just and peaceful Iraq This cannot be accomplished by attempting to legitimize the state through top down costly stabilization and reconstruction projects Rather effective development can happen even as the conflict continues in Iraq if approaches are coupled with efforts to enable Iraqi citizens to make their government deliver for them through programs that promote citizen engagement enhance government citizen dialogues and mobilize civic minded youth to be leaders The report finds that recent citizen oriented governance investments are impacting the country in a positive way Therefore Mercy Corps recommends firmer long term support for Iraqi civil society which can broker dialogue between government and citizens improving transparency accountability and legitimacy Read the full report 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

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  • Charity & Security Network
    Vetting System Peacebuilding Solutions Transparency Unequal Enforcement 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

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  • Charity & Security Network
    Access Deadly Combination Disaster Conflict and the U S Material Support Law ODI Humanitarian Action Harmed by Anti Terror Laws Oxfam Military Policy in Somalia Has Failed Humanitarian Space Under Fire in Somalia DARA Save the Children Oxfam Inaction and Delayed Response to Famine Cost Thousands of Lives Humanitarian Forum 10 Ways the International Community Can Address Somalia s Crisis Security Measures that Restrict Humanitarian Access Hurt Vulnerable Civilians Oxfam Report Finds that Lack of Access Leaves Civilians Vulnerable Report Lack of Access Leaves Civilians Vulnerable Report More Aid Reduces Terrorism Threat in Horn of Africa Report Freind Not Foe Documents Negative Impacts of Counterterrorism Measures Calls on Civil Society to Defend Positive Role Read more about Humanitarian Access Overview Humanitarian Overview Looks Ahead to 2016 Date December 23 2015 Armed conflicts have been the greatest driver of prolonged humanitarian need according to the Global Humanitarian Overview 2016 a publication of the Partnerships and Resource Mobilization Branch PRMB of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs OCHA Read more about Humanitarian Overview Looks Ahead to 2016 UN HLR Highlights Impact of Sanctions on Humanitarian Work Date December 14 2015 A new High Level Review Compendium Report shows a changing attitude towards the effect of UN sanctions on counter terrorism and humanitarian action The report indicates a need to redefine and reinforce UN sanctions as well as a greater concern for the protection of humanitarian work Read more about UN HLR Highlights Impact of Sanctions on Humanitarian Work Paper IHL and IHRL Work Together to Protect Rights of Civilians Date July 24 2012 International human rights law IHRL recognized by treaties such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and international humanitarian law IHL which applies to armed conflict situations share the responsibility of protecting the economic social and cultural rights of people caught in an armed conflict says a June 2012 paper published in the Electronic Journal of International Studies REEI After World War II IHRL and IHL were initially treated as two distinct bodies of law applicable in different situations Read more about Paper IHL and IHRL Work Together to Protect Rights of Civilians Paper International Humanitarian Law Primary Means of Protecting Civilians Date December 11 2012 A September 2012 paper in the Asia Pacific Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law explores the distinction and relationship between the protection of civilians in armed conflict under international humanitarian law and by the use of force under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations It demonstrates that while the Security Council has increasingly authorized the use of force to protect civilians in armed conflict international humanitarian law remains the principal means of protecting civilians in armed conflict Read more about Paper International Humanitarian Law Primary Means of Protecting Civilians ODI Negotiating Humanitarian Access Date July 9 2012 Even in hostile operating environments humanitarian actors engage with armed non state actors ANSAs to negotiate access to civilians in order to alleviate suffering and improve the protection says a

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/issue/Humanitarian%20Access (2016-02-16)
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  • Charity & Security Network
    Working in Conflict Zones with Terrorist Groups Exempt Peacebuilding Activities from Material Support Law Faith leaders to Sec Clinton Somali Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison Subpoenaed Activists Resist Seattle Grand Jury Investigations State Designates Boko Haram Leaders as Terrorists Critical Bank Services for Somali Transfers Curtailed by Anti Terrorism Regulations Counterterrorism Laws Conflict with Humanitarian Action in Disaster and Conflict Zones Treasury Investigating Former U S Officials Advocacy for Terrorist Group MEK The Sahel Does Not Have to be the Next Somalia Sen Franken Supports Restoration of Money Transfers To Somalia 2011 U S Anti terror Law Hinders Aid Efforts to Somalia Leahy to DOJ Protect Humanitarian and Peacebuilding Activities Sec Clinton Should Use Powers to Legalize Conflict Prevention and Resolution Programs Sec State Clinton Asked to Exempt Conflict Resolution and Other Peacebuilding Activities from Material Support Ban Congressional Letters to AG Express Concern About Rights of Political Activists Civil Rights and Religious Groups Denounce TN Bill Targeting Sharia Groups Nationwide Conferences Spotlight Threats to Political Activism To Michael Mukasey Rudi Guliani Mike Ridge and Frances Townsend Welcome to Our World 2010 Brief Argues Material Support Should Require Knowledge of Terror Connection Court Hears Oral Arguments over PATRIOT Act Violations of First Amendment 2009 Initial Court Briefs in HLP Case Time To Update Executive Order 13224 House Committee Reigns in PATRIOT Act Provisions on Material Support Ninth Circuit Rules Penalizing Humanitarian Aid is Unconstitutional Resources Article Chilling Effect of the Material Support Statute on Humanitarian Aid IN DEPTH Material Support and NGO Access to Civilians in Need State Dept s Foreign Terrorist Organization List Solutions CSN s Principles to Guide New Policies VIDEO UN Ambassador Others Call for Reforms to Allow Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Aid READ Letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calling on her to exempt conflict resolution programs and other activities aimed at ending violence from the ban on material support of terrorism signed by a bipartisan group of 18 organizations and 27 foreign policy and peacebuilding experts Proposed Secretary of State Exemption from Material Support Ban for Peacebuilding Activities Famine in Horn of Africa UN USAID Report Finds Inadequate Aid Contributed to High than Estimated Deaths in Somalia Famine Sen Leahy to DOJ Issue Guidance to Protect Humanitarian Activities State Dept Announces New Policy to Allow Famine Aid in Somalia Treasury Releases Limited Guidance U S Announces New Policy to Allow Famine Aid in Somalia Sen Leahy Letter to AG Holder and Sec State Clinton Concerns About Famine Relief Peacebuilding and the Material Support Law The President Must Address Life and Death Policy Matters in Somalia U S Anti terror Law Hinders Aid Efforts to Somalia Legal Roadblocks are Causing Humanitarian Crisis Humanitarian Law Project HLP case Two Law Review Articles Criticize Impact of Holder v Humanitarian Law Project HLP Ruiling Fails the Common Sense Test Multimedia HLP v Holder Videos Material Support in the Humanitarian Law Project HLP Supreme Court Case HLP Addressing Impact of Material Support Laws on Peacebuilding Programs Nonprofit and Legal

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  • Financial Access Overview | Charity & Security Network
    make transfers between organizations Sometimes nongovernmental organizations NGOs are turned away as customers or have their accounts closed Remittance services that facilitate fund transfers between diaspora populations and their families are threatened by the international banking system s growing unwillingness to provide these services The U S government has said that banks should not de risk but that policy has not been translated into concrete action or regulatory standards that remove current disincentives for banks to provide services to international NGOs INGOs As a result money will be taken out of transparent regulated channels making life more difficult for legitimate NPOs and easier for terrorist financiers Resources Financial Access Issue Brief American Banker Blog Bank De Risking Hurts Charities and Increases Risk of Laundering 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

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  • Charity & Security Network
    17 2015 There is a growing consensus that laws prohibiting support to listed entities have contributed to a shrinking space for those seeking to establish the conditions conducive to peace This is the conclusion of a groundbreaking March 2015 report by the Transnational Institute Building Peace in Permanent War Terrorist Listing and Conflict Transformation Read more about Study Building Peace in Permanent War Terrorist Listing and Conflict Transformation Report Laying the Groundwork for Disarmament Demobilization Date April 2 2012 In the Supreme Court s majority opinion in Holder v Humanitarian Law Project Chief Justice John Roberts argued that terrorist groups could use humanitarian and international law as part of a broader strategy to promote terrorism by pursuing peaceful negotiation as a means of buying time to recover from short term setbacks lulling opponents into complacency and ultimately preparing for renewed attacks Read more about Report Laying the Groundwork for Disarmament Demobilization Track II Diplomacy Laying the Groundwork for Peace Date May 2 2012 To achieve peace in today s complex conflicts Track II peacebuilding efforts are becoming increasingly important The most famous of these produced the Oslo accords in 1993 Highlighting the importance of Track II activities the United states Institute of Peace USIP has published Conducting Track II Peace Making Written for both Track I and Track II practitioners this handbook explains the different stages of Track II activities from assessment and planning to implementation and evaluation Track II activities typically involve reputable academic religious and NGO leaders and other civil society actors experienced in conflict mediation or other areas of social and political expertise Read more about Track II Diplomacy Laying the Groundwork for Peace Report on Conflict Analysis Highlights Importance of Engaging with Local Actors Date October 31 2012 A report from the People s Peacemaking Perspectives project PPP underscores the importance of engaging with local actors such as civil society organizations government police and individuals to analyze conflicts The March 2012 report From Conflict Analysis to Peacebuilding Impact was compiled by Conciliation Resources and Saferworld for the EU Instrument for Stability The report states that conflict analysis is a key first step to any engagement in international conflict affected areas and that analyses must be used to formulate responses Read more about Report on Conflict Analysis Highlights Importance of Engaging with Local Actors Book Peacebuilding Through Community Based NGOs Date November 28 2012 A September 2012 book explores the complex and important role non governmental organizations NGOs play in processes aimed at building a sustainable peace and developing strategies for resolving conflicts peacefully Through case studies of the activities of Partners in Health in Haiti Women in Black in Serbia and the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland Peacebuilding Through Community Based NGOs highlights the range of ways these organizations are involved in post conflict social reconstruction efforts Co authors Max Stephenson Jr and Laura Zanotti of Virginia Tech argue that there is no single approach to achieving peace and that mediators should be open to trying

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/issue/Peacebuilding (2016-02-16)
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  • Charity & Security Network
    Conflict takes aim at UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon s new Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism In it she identifies three fatal flaws including its failure to define violent extremism its lack of convincing evidence of the causes or drivers of violent extremism and its prescription for a host of programmatic political and institutional actions with significant implications Read the blog here Read more about CSN Board Member Critiques UN s CVE Plan CSN Board Member Critiques UN s CVE Plan In a new blog Charity Security Network advisory board member Naz Modirzadeh founding director of the Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict takes aim at UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon s new Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism In it she identifies three fatal flaws including its failure to define violent extremism its lack of convincing evidence of the causes or drivers of violent extremism and its prescription for a host of programmatic political and institutional actions with significant implications Read the blog here Read more about CSN Board Member Critiques UN s CVE Plan C SN Joins More Than 50 Orgs in Raising Concerns About UN s Work on Preventing Violent Extremism Date February 8 2016 Author External Link In a letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights more than 50 organizations including the Charity Security Network raise serious concerns about the UN s plans for preventing violent extremism PVE including a resolution and an upcoming panel on human rights and preventing and countering violent extremism at the 31st Session of the UN Human Rights Council Read more about C SN Joins More Than 50 Orgs in Raising Concerns About UN s Work on Preventing Violent Extremism To Increase Peace Tackle Corruption Report States Date May 11 2015 Improvements in peace are ultimately dependent on decreases in corruption concludes a new report by the Institute for Economics Peace Peace and Corruption 2015 Although the report found that keeping corruption under control is essential for building and maintaining peaceful societies there is no indication of the causal relationship between peace and corruption Read more about To Increase Peace Tackle Corruption Report States CRS Report on White House s Strategy for Countering Violent Extremism Date June 12 2012 A May 2012 Congressional Research Services CRS report examines the Obama Administration s domestic countering violent extremism CVE strategy Announced in August 2011 the strategy was further outlined in the White House s Strategic Implementation Plan for Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the United States SIP The SIP s three objectives involve 1 enhancing federal community engagement efforts related to CVE 2 developing greater government and law enforcement expertise for preventing violent extremism and 3 countering violent extremist propaganda Read more about CRS Report on White House s Strategy for Countering Violent Extremism Inspiring Stories of Six Women Countering Violent Extremism in Indonesia Date March 25 2013 The inspiring stories of six Indonesian women and their grassroots level

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  • Solutions | Charity & Security Network
    and establishing clear standards and fair procedures The time has come to turn these recommendations into specific proposals that reflect the experience and expertise of the nonprofit sector This section of the website provides a forum for developing these proposals It includes sections on Principles to Guide Solutions Information on existing and widely accepted statements of values codes of conduct and standards that should guide a new regulatory regime for charities and security Models to Draw On Provisions of some existing U S laws and procedures and standards from other countries can be borrowed and adapted in a charity and security context Proposed Solutions Starting with recommendations to President Obama s transition team this section will grow to include draft proposals with requests for comment and feedback Once proposed reforms are agreed upon it will include information on advocating for their adoption 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

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