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  • Resources | Charity & Security Network
    of Aid Miscellaneous Solutions Partner Vetting System Leave blank for all Otherwise the first selected term will be the default instead of Any Bill Aims to Promote Medical Neutrality Impose Penalties on Violators Date May 22 2014 The Medical Neutrality Act of 2013 HR 2033 is a bipartisan bill that makes medical neutrality a policy priority of the U S by withholding military assistance including training and arms sales to any government that restricts access to medical services Read more about Bill Aims to Promote Medical Neutrality Impose Penalties on Violators Detailed Analysis of The PROCEDURES FOR SANCTIONS AGAINST CHARITIES ACT HR 6532 Date January 3 2011 A detailed analysis of the Procedures for Sanctions Against Charities Act HR 6532 Introduced on Dec 16 2010 the bill would protect legitimate charities and their donors and beneficiaries while preventing diversion of charitable resources to terrorist organizations Read more about Detailed Analysis of The PROCEDURES FOR SANCTIONS AGAINST CHARITIES ACT HR 6532 Summary of Economic Sanctions Laws and Regulations Authorizing Treasury to Shut Down Charities Date September 15 2009 The legal authority for the Department of Treasury to designate a person or organization as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist SDGT or freeze assets pending investigation is based on laws providing for economic sanctions against foreign nations going back to the Trading With the Enemy Act in 1917 and ending with the Patriot Act Read more about Summary of Economic Sanctions Laws and Regulations Authorizing Treasury to Shut Down Charities 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

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  • Resources | Charity & Security Network
    on Challenging the Closing Space for Civil Society A Practical Starting Point for Funders Read more about New Report for Funders Challenging the Closing Civil Society Space Good Governance Can Move Iraq Towards Peace Date January 21 2016 Author External Link 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 Read more about Good Governance Can Move Iraq Towards Peace 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 Risk Management Toolkit Assists Humanitarian Orgs with Counterterrorism Measures Date December 23 2015 The Norwegian Refugee Council NRC has released a risk management toolkit to address the challenges and risks associated with counterterrorism measures and their impact on principled humanitarian action Intended as a reference tool for policy and decision makers it draws on ideas methods and procedures being used by a number of national and international NGOs and UN agencies in global hot spots Read more about Risk Management Toolkit Assists Humanitarian Orgs with Counterterrorism Measures Bank De risking Represents Market Failure Report Says Date December 10 2015 Bank de risking represents a market failure In such instances either government or the public sector must intervene to re align market factors either through incentive programs or through enhanced regulatory guidance concludes a new report from the Global Center on Cooperative Security and Oxfam America Understanding Bank De risking and its Effects on Financial Inclusion Read more

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  • About Us | Charity & Security Network
    purposes Humanitarian aid is restricted U S law makes it is a crime to conduct almost any transaction with a terrorist group including those necessary for humanitarian groups to access civilians or peacebuilding groups to train terrorist groups on how to use nonviolent means to address their grievances A hostile regulatory environment based on broad anti terrorist financing rules both in the U S and abroad makes it harder for civil society groups to operate Repressive governments have abused these rules to suppress dissent and limit civil society What We Can Do The Charity Security Network provides logistical legal and technical support for stakeholders from across the nonprofit sector to convene and engage in dialog analysis and joint efforts that can bring about positive change It enables its members to pool resources and provide mutual support Our work includes Research and Education We act as a hub for information sharing among a wide group of civil society professionals in the U S and internationally The project hosts events monitors and reports on new developments produces informational publications and publishes research reports documenting the problem and proposing solutions Coalition Building and Collaboration We reach out to a range of civil society groups to get input and provide opportunities for participation and collaboration through working groups email lists briefings and more Engage in Dialog with Policymakers The Network builds direct engagement with executive branch agencies Congress and international bodies to educate them on the barriers faced by civil society and the need to protect their work and construct a better regulatory framework Advocacy We directly engage with policymakers in the U S and abroad to offer pragmatic policy alternatives CSN s Advisory Board Melanie Greenberg President and CEO Alliance for Peacebuilding Michael Price Counsel Liberty National Security Program Brennan Center for Justice

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  • Staff | Charity & Security Network
    an advocate on issues and an advisor on tax and nonprofit law She was Director of Nonprofit Speech Rights at OMB Watch a Washington D C based government watchdog organization and also worked for the Alliance for Justice the National Consumer Law Center Environmental Action Washington DC the Legal Aid Society of Louisville and Citizens for Social and Economic Justice and the public defender service Hazard Kentucky She holds Bachelors and Juris Doctor degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo and is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia Kentucky and Maryland Andrea Hall Communications Outreach Associate Andrea Hall is an attorney with more than a decade of experience as a writer and editor primarily of regulatory compliance publications She serves as the State Death Penalty Abolition Coordinator for Amnesty International USA and coordinated Amnesty s work advocacy lobbying and grassroots organizing on the successful Maryland death penalty repeal campaign She has been invited to speak on the topic at regional and national conferences Ms Hall received a B A in Communications from Trinity University in San Antonio Texas and a J D from the University of Richmond where she was the Lead Articles Editor of the Law Review founded the Public Interest Law Association and received the Nina R Kestin Service Award at graduation She is a member of the Virginia State Bar 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 About Our Sponsors Find out more about our sponsor the Center for Effective

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  • Contact | Charity & Security Network
    NW Suite 1000 Washington DC 20006 202 481 6927 www charityandsecurity org 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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  • C&SN Joins More Than 50 Orgs in Raising Concerns About UN's Work on Preventing Violent Extremism | Charity & Security Network
    signatories express concern that HRC resolution 30 15 on Human Rights and Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism as adopted by vote after substantial oral revisions fails to properly capture the danger for abuse of PVE initiatives and that it provides inadequate language aimed to protect human rights The letter also encourages the Commissioner to address these deficiencies The letter notes that violent extremism and similar terminology such as radicalisation are poorly defined concepts which open the door to human rights and other abuses The letter explains that several governments already label political opponents journalists and human rights defenders with these labels or as terrorists Calling out violent extremism as the problem only provides these governments more grounds to stifle freedom of expression and crush dissent the letter states Additionally many CVE and PVE programs alienate the people they re intended to help the letter states Such initiatives are often perceived as stigmatising discriminatory and as a form of soft surveillance by members of the communities they target Read the full letter 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

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/CSN_Joins_Orgs_Raise_Concern_PVE (2016-02-16)
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  • New Budget Language Intended to Rein In Partner Vetting System | Charity & Security Network
    vetting programs or implement changes to existing programs PVS and the State Department s Risk Analysis and Management RAM pilot programs have created roadblocks in non governmental organizations NGOs work to deliver humanitarian aid or do peacebuilding work in conflict zones They also threaten to harm relationships between U S based NGOs and their local partners according to a recent blog by Sam Worthington president and CEO of InterAction which created the Omnibus language and lobbied for its inclusion PVS and RAM pilot programs require NGOs to collect personal information from local partners to be vetted against U S intelligence databases for possible connections to terrorism This could lead communities to suspect complicity between intelligence and U S NGOs inflame conspiracy theories and shatter trust fostered between NGOs and local partners Worthington said The Omnibus report language directs USAID and State in carrying out the PVS pilot program to include a direct vetting option that does not require prime awardees to collect verify or submit sub awardee data All individuals vetted through the pilot must be able to obtain information on how data is used by the U S government Once the pilot program is completed its report must include recommendations for standardizing and streamlining vetting processes consideration of exemptions for humanitarian and democracy assistance analysis of privacy and data protection concerns a description of consultations with governmental and nongovernmental stakeholders affected by the pilot program and responses to concerns raised during these consultations There needs to be a better balance between safety and an NGOs ability to effectively do its job Worthington said 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

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/2016_Budget_Rein_In_PVS (2016-02-16)
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  • Over 100 Nonprofits Ask FATF to Revise Recommendation 8 | Charity & Security Network
    only identified 102 case studies acknowledged that cases of abuse are rare This language and FATF s power to evaluate country implementation of its standards has helped fuel the trend of overly restrictive regulations for nonprofits around the globe and contributed to the growing problem of bank derisking of charity accounts FATF has taken positive steps to address these problems as seen its 2015 revision of the Best Practices Paper and implementation of a risk based approach to anti terrorist financing regulation In the fall of 2015 FATF announced that it will revise the Interpretive Note which provides detail on how governments should implement Recommendation 8 The goal is to make it consistent with the riskbased approach as well as principles of proportionality and protection for the activities of legitimate NPOs that are set out in the Best Practices Paper However FATF said it was not revising Recommendation 8 at this time The letter s signatories stress the need for FATF to revise Recommendation 8 as well as the Interpretive Note since the phrase particularly vulnerable will continue to cause problems for NPOs If the harmful and inaccurate language is not removed FATF s nonprofit standard will continue to disrupt the important and often life saving work of nonprofit organizations said Kay Guinane coalition co chair and director of the Charity Security Network Lia van Broekhoven co chair of the coalition and director of the Human Security Collective said Without revision of the standard to reflect FATF s risk based approach the operating space for civil society worldwide will continue to shrink Read the press release here Read the letter 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

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