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    Other Side Humanitarian negotiations with Al Shabaab in Somalia Report Kidnapping of Aid Workers at Highest Level in 2012 Date October 31 2013 According to a new study from Humanitarian Outcomes kidnapping affected more aid workers than any other form of major violent attack in 2012 Of the 274 total aid worker victims one third 92 were kidnapped with the remaining being seriously injured or killed Read more about Report Kidnapping of Aid Workers at Highest Level in 2012 CIVICUS Report Global Restrictions on Civil Society Date October 24 2013 A new report by CIVICUS an international civil society network has documented over 400 cases of abuse of the civil society sector in over 80 countries Global Trends on Civil Society Restrictions highlights abuse of nonprofits by legislative restrictions forced shut down of nonprofits and the assassination and imprisonment of civil society workers Read more about CIVICUS Report Global Restrictions on Civil Society Report Evaluating Countering Violent Extremism Programming Date October 24 2013 The Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation published the report Evaluating Countering Violent Extremism Programming Practice and Progress in September 2013 It draws on the discussions of a symposium sponsored by the Government of Canada in conjunction with the Global Counterterrorism Forum and reviews the conceptual and operational Read more about Report Evaluating Countering Violent Extremism Programming Brennan Center Broad Data Collection on Americans Does Little to Stop Terrorism Date October 24 2013 According to the Brennan Center for Justice report What the Government Does With American s Data the United States government s data mining practices have problematic implications for American citizens as well as for the U S government itself The U S government s sweeping information gathering powers dramatically expanded post 9 11 Read more about Brennan Center Broad Data Collection on Americans Does Little to Stop Terrorism Study Host States Key in Protection of Aid Workers Date October 3 2013 Host States and Their Impact on Security for Humanitarian Operations released by Humanitarian Outcomes aims to explore why major violence against aid workers is increasingly concentrated in a small number of extremely insecure countries The findings suggest that attacks on humanitarian aid workers are mainly a symptom of state failure as well as a byproduct of war Read more about Study Host States Key in Protection of Aid Workers ICNL Database of Legal Resources for Nonprofits Date October 3 2013 The International Center for Non Profit Law s ICNL Research Center provides resources that cover current issues affecting the legal framework for civil society law ICNL s Online Library currently contains over 3300 resources including a law database reports and other civil society legal resources from 202 countries ranging in 61 different languages Read more about ICNL Database of Legal Resources for Nonprofits ACLU Report FBI Violates Civil Liberties Operates Unchecked Post 9 11 Date September 26 2013 A September 2013 report from the ACLU investigates the expansive civil liberties violations of the FBI in the wake of 9 11 The report found that

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    it is to begin to help move us away from a policy of indifference and waiting for the worst and more aggressively adopt policies that prevent atrocities before they begin Read more about Report U S Should Embrace Responsibility to Protect R2P Report Counterterrorism Measures Stifle Humanitarian Action by UN OCHA and the NRC Date July 25 2013 Over the last decade counterterrorism measures CTMs like the Patriot Act are having a direct and adverse impact on humanitarian action conducted by aid agencies and non governmental organizations NGOs a July 2013 study finds Commissioned by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs OCHA and the Norwegian Refugee Council NRC the study titled S tudy of the Impact of Donor Counter Terrorism Measures on Principled Humanitarian Action examines CTMs in the U S European Union and several other countries and determined that they unduly restrict aid programs increase risks for aid workers limit funding sources and undermine partnerships with local NGOs International pressure on governments from the Financial Action Task Force FATF to adopt overly restrictive regulations of NGOs to prevent terrorist financing also draws scrutiny in the study The release announcement said The major conclusion is that the humanitarian community and donor States need to work more closely together to better reconcile counter terrorism measures and humanitarian action In September NRC and OCHA will host an event in New York to initiate such discussions Read more about Report Counterterrorism Measures Stifle Humanitarian Action by UN OCHA and the NRC Report Dialog Among Stakeholders Key to Successful Counterterrorism Framework Date July 2 2013 A June 2013 report To Protect and Prevent Outcomes of a Global Dialogue to Counter Terrorist Abuse of the Nonprofit Sector is the product of a multi year project led by the United Nations that brought together key stakeholders in civil society and government with the aim of developing more effective recommendations for government creating anti terrorist financing laws that impact nonprofits Published by the Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation the report addresses the key principles of risk and proportionality in government response to the issue the importance of building relationships between stakeholders including nonprofits and governments and makes recommendations for means of exercising oversight and investigation abuse It notes that opportunities for ongoing dialog are an important component of future successful engagement in this area Read more about Report Dialog Among Stakeholders Key to Successful Counterterrorism Framework Handbook Explores Different Approaches to Peacebuilding Date June 20 2013 In order for peacebuilding to be successful the ACCORD Peacebuilding Handbook says there is a strong need to understand local contexts and to develop strategies that address root causes of conflict Released in April 2013 the Handbook provides an introductory look at the various actors involved in and phases of peacebuilding efforts and identifies different approaches that practitioners have used in recent history when trying to end conflicts nonviolently As can be expected from such an ambitious undertaking a large variety of peacebuilding tasks are conducted at different

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    test to ensure that laws and regulations are not overbroad and do not arbitrarily restrict civil society Counterterrorism justifications and the Financial Action Task Force are given close scrutiny Read more about UN Expert Rights of Assembly and Association Must Be Protected UN USAID Report Finds Inadequate Aid Contributed to Higher than Estimated Deaths in Somalia Famine Date May 6 2013 Read more about UN USAID Report Finds Inadequate Aid Contributed to Higher than Estimated Deaths in Somalia Famine Threats to Civil Society on Rise says CIVICUS 2013 Report Date May 2 2013 A vibrant and independent civil society is an essential ingredient of effective and stable democracy the 2013 State of Civil Society report produced by CIVICUS says But in too many cases it warns the voices of civil society are being stifled and the space in which they can express their views is shrinking Recent years have witnessed a wave of legal barriers funding restrictions and administrative burdens on civil society organizations As a result it is becoming increasingly difficult for these groups to exist function grow and offer their best possible contribution to society With contributions from nearly 50 civil society leaders and experts including a chapter from Statewatch s Ben Hayes on the impact of anti terror finance measures on nonprofits the 500 page report identifies how the vice is tightening on human rights defenders around the world Read more about Threats to Civil Society on Rise says CIVICUS 2013 Report CRS Report FBI Investigations Often Exceed Constitutional Restraints Date May 1 2013 Intelligence activity in the past decades has all too often exceeded the restraints on the exercise of governmental power that are imposed by our country s Constitution laws and traditions according to an April 24 2013 Congressional Research Service report The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Terrorism Investigations reviews how the FBI investigative process has changed over the past decade and offers oversight considerations for Congress Read more about CRS Report FBI Investigations Often Exceed Constitutional Restraints Study Finds Terrorist Listing Inhibits Peace Programs Date April 29 2013 An April 2013 study argues that the terrorist listing process in the U S European Union EU and United Kingdom UK limits the ability of peacebuilders to help mitigate and end violent conflicts around the world Listing Terrorists The Impact of Proscription on Third Party Efforts to Engage Armed Groups in Peace Processes A Practitioner s Perspective by Sophie Haspeslagh former Head of Policy at Conciliation Resources discusses how various terrorist listing program Read more about Study Finds Terrorist Listing Inhibits Peace Programs Report Examines 15 Years of Data about Aid Worker Attacks Date April 11 2013 As aid organizations and their staff rush in to meet the needs of vulnerable populations in today s complex humanitarian environments the number of aid workers killed and injured has risen to unprecedented levels says an April 2013 report by Insecurity Insight After examining nearly 750 incidents deaths injuries and kidnappings affecting over 2 000 aid workers between

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    the number of major attacks against aid workers rose in 2011 according to December 2012 report from Humanitarian Outcomes In 2011 308 aid workers were killed kidnapped or wounded with most attacks occurring in many of the world s most dangerous hot spots Afghanistan Somalia South Sudan Pakistan and Sudan While the causes of these attacks are not always clear the report indicates that the spike in attacks on humanitarian workers is a symptom of state failure as well as a product of war To help keep staff and volunteers safe the report says aid groups must properly evaluate host countries conditions and capabilities to assist with aid operations understanding that where the capacity or political will for this is absent they are wholly responsible for their own security Read more about Report Attacks on Aid Workers on the Rise Report Humanitarian Aid Sparks Longterm Benefits to Society Date December 13 2012 Humanitarian assistance not only benefits individuals or communities that receive it but could serve as a catalyst for more widespread improvements an October report from the Brookings Foundation says Along with improving the image of the donor country Impacts of Malaria Interventions and their Potential Additional Humanitarian Benefits in Sub Saharan Africa says strategic aid can help reduce sectarian violence and enhance support for free markets trade and democracy The report calls for further research in this area to explore whether health and other humanitarian interventions can result in additional benefits to both recipients and donors alike Read more about Report Humanitarian Aid Sparks Longterm Benefits to Society ODI Report Talking to The Other Side Date December 13 2012 Drawing on dozens of interviews with Taliban members a December 2012 report from the UK based Overseas Development Institute offers a glimpse of the perspectives of the Afghani Taliban on the humanitarian and development efforts in their country over the past decade The Taliban s complaints about foreign aid are not limited to its perceived associations with Western interests but also say that it has been largely ineffective in meeting the needs of the Afghani people Talking to the Other Side finds that while some Taliban members are willing to support openness towards aid organizations Afghanistan will continue to be one of the world s most complicated and dangerous places for aid workers Read more about ODI Report Talking to The Other Side 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 Paper Role

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    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 Anti Terrorist Finance Laws Do Not Add Up Date September 5 2012 Understanding Terrorist Finance finds that most anti terrorist financing laws and policies have had little impact on curbing fundraising efforts by global terrorist groups Written by Timothy Wittig an economist specializing in threat finance and researcher at the National Defense University in Washington DC the book dispels many popular myths that influence governments in their attempts to clamp down on terrorist financing To make his case Wittig provides estimates of the cost of various types of terrorist operations and shows how ineffective counterterrorist financing regimes have been in response Read more about Book Anti Terrorist Finance Laws Do Not Add Up Report on State of the Humanitarian System Politicization of Aid Disrupts Aid Delivery Date August 8 2012 The politicization of aid delivery in Afghanistan Pakistan and Somalia disrupted and delayed effective support to vulnerable populations says a July 2012 analysis of the humanitarian responses to crises and emergencies between 2009 2011 Restricting movements and activities of aid workers imposing security measures that jeopardize perceptions of NGO neutrality and hindering humanitarian negotiation by prohibiting most contact with groups formally listed as a terrorist are just some examples of how donor countries impede humanitarian action says the report The report noted that funding is often not impartial and made on the basis of humanitarian need alone Read more about Report on State of the Humanitarian System Politicization of Aid Disrupts Aid Delivery InterAction Policy Paper New Vision for U S NGO USAID Relationship Date August 8 2012 Partnering with U S NGOs should be a key part of USAID s strategy for promoting effective global development says a July 2012 policy paper from InterAction the largest alliance of U S based international NGOs A New Vision for the USAID U S NGO Relationship outlines important and unique assets of the American NGO community and identifies potential opportunities for improved collaboration between USAID and NGOs working on international development projects Read more about InterAction Policy Paper New Vision for U S NGO USAID Relationship 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 Study Zakat Institutions and the Challenges they Face Date July 22 2012 A June 2012 paper

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    Terror Date December 10 2009 The roots of terrorism are complex and include the hopelessness of poverty issues about identity and cultural domination and frustration from being shut of the political process To reduce the tensions that arise from these factors U S grantmakers aid and development organizations and human rights advocates are striving to meet basic needs promote respect and understanding and engage people in peaceful political participation Read more about CSN How the Work of Charities Can Counter Terror Report Muslim Charities and the War on Terror 2006 Date May 11 2009 March 2006 report Since the 9 11 terrorist attacks U S based charities have become targets in the government s war on terror financing Despite the implications for all domestic nonprofit organizations the lion s share of the burden of increased scrutiny suspicion and pre emptive action has fallen on Muslim groups This report lists issues that the charitable sector and the public must address in order to correct an unfair process and make the war on terror most effective Read more about Report Muslim Charities and the War on Terror 2006 Collateral Damage How the War on Terror Hurts Charities Foundations and the People They Serve Date May 11 2009 This paper published in July 2008 is the result of collaborative research conducted by OMB Watch and Grantmakers Without Borders We believe charities in the United States and throughout the world play a key role in democratic systems by giving citizens a vehicle for participation providing tools and information that help people get involved and delivering assistance to those in need Read more about Collateral Damage How the War on Terror Hurts Charities Foundations and the People They Serve Safeguarding Charities in the War on Terror Date May 11 2009 Since the 9 11 terrorist

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    U S law is preventing charities and donors from engaging in critical life saving work in disaster and conflict areas Civilian populations especially women and children are losing the benefits that U S nonprofits could provide This is because overbroad counterterrorism policies make it difficult or impossible for charities to operate in areas where a terrorist group is present This isolates populations impacted by conflict and disaster leaving an open field to terrorist groups that abuse aid for propaganda and recruitment 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

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