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  • Coalition Says Include Peacebuilding in the Development Discussion | Charity & Security Network
    representatives who should have status in the negotiations concordant with the commitment to implement fully our respective commitments to enable CSOs to exercise their roles as independent development actors as agreed by 158 countries in Busan the statement says Busan refers to The 4 th High Level Conference on Aid Effectiveness that was held in Busan Korea and brought together governments civil society groups and private interests from around the world to discuss development and aid strategy The statement also acknowledges that all actors in conflict affected contexts have vested interests and specific perspectives and that an open dialogue bringing in fresh ideas generating new evidence and listening to people s perspectives can help us all to see beyond our particular interests Recommendations for the UN outlined in the statement include Include commitments to address key drivers of conflict not only its symptoms Build on the framework for addressing drivers of conflict articulated in the Peacebuilding and Statebuilding Goals PSGs and other credible peacebuilding frameworks Be based on a consultation process that actively includes people and civil society from conflict affected states and seeks out robust evidence of how to address drivers of conflict Define peace and development as best upheld by states that are inclusive responsive fair and accountable to all their people Include commitments to address regional and global factors that fuel conflict The Alliance for Peacebuilding Cordaid World Vision and Nonviolent Peaceforce were among the statement s signatories calling for developing a holistic post 2015 framework that will help billions of people around the world to enjoy peace security and human rights as part of any meaningful development strategy 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

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  • UN Calls for More Mediation, Inclusion to Resolve Armed Conflicts | Charity & Security Network
    civil society groups in places like Nepal Kenya Kyrgyzstan and Mali have played a key role in supporting compliance with and implementation of signed agreements and routinely work with the parties to manage new sources of conflict Empowering these groups the report says can be an effective means for building national ownership of a peace process The UN Guidance for Effective Mediation is also mentioned in the report This Guidance will be formally released at a September 27 event in New York It will outline eight key mediation fundamentals for creating an effective process preparedness consent impartiality inclusivity national ownership international law and normative frameworks coherence and coordination among mediation efforts and the development of quality peace agreements It calls for all stakeholders in a peace process to build the capacity of civil society to maximize effective engagement and to communicate with any party or actor necessary to address the conflict This is especially important since countries like the United States have laws that prohibit any engagement with listed terrorist groups even when such contact is intended to reduce the levels of violence perpetrated by these organizations The report is to serve as a foundational document for UN mediation efforts Ban said I am pleased that the General Assembly is encouraging all mediation actors to make full use of it he told the 193 member body Speaking during the same session the President of the General Assembly Nassir Abdulaziz Al Nasser stressed the importance of benefiting from the comparative advantages of different actors in different situations The President added that past and current crises have shown that if mediation is used early in the process it will be cost effective lead to saving innocent lives and alleviate the suffering of civilians particularly women and children It is necessary that we

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/UN_More_Mediation_Inclusion_Resolve_Armed_Conflicts (2016-02-16)
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  • The Rebel, the Queen and Track II Diplomacy | Charity & Security Network
    as training or expert advice and assistance that are necessary to successful Track II Diplomacy The Supreme Court upheld application of the law to peacebuilding in June 2010 in its infamous Humanitarian Law Project HLP decision The second anniversary of the HLP decision was June 21 just a few days before the Queen and rebel shook hands The Charity Security Network marked it with a webcast where experts talked about the state of Track II Diplomacy two years later noting lost opportunities for peace Melanie Greenberg President and CEO of the Alliance for Peacebuilding explained how Track II works and why it is important for nongovernmental parties to have confidential and free contact with parties to conflicts for it to work You can see the webcast here Ms Greenberg s remarks are at the 11 40 minute point While the legal prohibition is very broad the law does provide for exceptions in cases where activities do not contribute to terrorism In May 2011 a group of 45 former diplomats foreign policy experts peacebuilders and civil liberties groups wrote to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asking her to use her power to grant exceptions for Track II Diplomacy and other peacebuilding activities So far she has taken no action However there are signs that the State Department understands the advantages of dialog in resolving disputes During the same week as the anniversary of the HLP decision the State Department met with Hani Nour Eldin a newly elected member of Egypt s Parliament who is a member of Gama Islamyya which is on the U S list of terrorist groups State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland defended the meeting from criticism saying exceptions can be made when it is in the U S interests to do so She noted that Eldin himself posed

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/blog/Rebel_Queen_and_Track_II_Diplomacy (2016-02-16)
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  • Benefits of Track II Diplomacy Recognized by UN General Assembly | Charity & Security Network
    that also emphasizes the importance of Track II actors Ki moon told the session The more we deal with conflict in a flexible thoughtful and forward looking way the more we will learn to prevent it General Assembly President Nassir Abdulaziz Al Nasser said that promoting peaceful settlement of disputes is a pillar of his presidency For example he noted a February 2012 meeting in Istanbul focusing on the efforts of Track II actors Overall speakers from many countries provided examples of the positive impact of mediation and called for more emphasis and resources to support it going forward Turkey s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the Friends of Mediation was formed to address lack of systemic framework and resources for mediation Italy s Minister of Foreign Affairs Giulio Terzi Di Sant Agata said the June 2011 General Assembly Resolution 65 283 focusing on strengthening mediation is a step in the right direction Many speakers noted the importance of making mediation an inclusive process He said the circle around the table should include civil society particularly women He said often the primary parties to the conflict just sat down and decided how to cut the spoils among themselves and went back home to spend their money or live their new political reality Instead he recommended incorporating people in most affected by the conflict which would increase the potential for effective lasting agreements In this respect he said a paradigm shift in looking at security is needed so that it is not considered solely through a hard security prism U S Senior Mediator James Pardew emphasized the need for mediators to be impartial quoting U S diplomat Richard Holbrooke who said diplomacy is like jazz it s a variation on a theme Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force

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  • U.S. Should Heed UN Call for Mediation Strategy in Armed Conflicts | Charity & Security Network
    conclude entire processes As past experiences have taught us every conflict or dispute is distinct Each one requires careful attention and the most appropriate tools I would also assert that sometimes track II players have a comparative advantage They often act in a more informal and flexible way than State actors For this reason the United Nations system regional organizations and Member States should draw more from the expertise of this track Unfortunately U S counterterrorism law makes it a crime for peacebuilders to engage with armed groups on the terrorist list for just the kind of Track II efforts Al Nasser describes Sec Clinton has the power under current law to change this counterproductive situation by exempting expert advice and assistance training and personnel related to peacebuiding from the material support prohibition In May 2011 a bipartisan group of foreign policy and peacebuiding experts wrote to her asking that she do just that The State Department is now considering options for doing so A peacebuilding exemption from the State Department would have many benefits putting the U S in sync with the UNFMG and firmly on the side of mediation as the preferred way to resolve conflicts It would unleash the expertise and resources of U S peacebuilding groups significantly increasing the potential for Track II projects These off the record talks often are necessary to create conditions for the more formal negotiations carried on by nation states A premier example is the process that led to the formal negotiations ending apartheid in South Africa dramatized in the BBC movie Endgame The UNFMG has held several meetings since its June 2011 launch and Al Nasser announced future efforts at the Istanbul conference On March 22 2012 he will sponsor a one day debate on the best ways to foster

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/blog/US_Should_Heed_Call_for_Mediation_Conflicts (2016-02-16)
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  • Why Talking Peace is Essential and Why it is Threatened | Charity & Security Network
    violent conflict across our globe demonstrates that successful peace efforts are still too few in number 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

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/node/660 (2016-02-16)
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  • Supreme Court Upholds Ban on Peaceful Conflict Resolution Support To Terrorist Groups | Charity & Security Network
    lower court rulings had found the statute unconstitutionally vague the Department of Justice asked the Supreme Court to review the case The Supreme Court disagreed with the lower court s rulings holding that the statute is not vague and does not violate speech or associational rights as applied to HLP s intended activities Writing for the majority Chief Justice John Roberts said terrorism is furthered by providing foreign terrorist groups with material support in any form All the activities involved in the case are communications and advocacy of political ideas and lawful means of achieving political ends Even the subjects HLP wishes to teach using international law to resolve disputes peacefully or petitioning the United Nations for instance concerns political speech David Cole an attorney representing HLP and others in the case said We are deeply disappointed The Supreme Court has ruled that human rights advocates providing training and assistance in the nonviolent resolution of disputes can be prosecuted as terrorists In the name of fighting terrorism the Court has said that the First Amendment permits Congress to make it a crime to work for peace and human rights That is wrong Stephen Vladeck a professor of law at American University and nationally recognized legal expert on the role of the federal courts in the war on terrorism said the ruling will adversely impact peace groups hoping to turn terrorist groups away from violence He said the Supreme Court s opinion would have a profound chilling effect on the efforts of peacebuilding organizations and other NGOs that seek to promote non violent democracy building measures vis à vis these groups through teaching and other advocacy training Sharon Bradford Franklin Senior Counsel at Constitution Project said in a press release that as much as our government must have the tools needed

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  • Supreme Court to Hear Oral Argument in HLP Case February 23, 2010 | Charity & Security Network
    Humanitarian Law Project Case Supreme Court to Consider Whether Definition of Prohibited Material Support Too Vague Oct 1 2009 Printer friendly Email Date January 19 2010 The Supreme Court has scheduled a one hour oral argument in Holder v Humanitarian Law Project for Tuesday Feb 23 2010 at 10 a m The question before the court is the constitutionality of material support statute when applied to the Humanitarian Law Project s non criminal activity The Humanitarian Law Project filed its brief in November Numerous friend of the court briefs have also been filed The government filed its reply brief on Dec 22 2009 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

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