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    of nonprofits She has published research testified before Congress and engaged extensively in advocacy and consulting on these issues in the U S and abroad Ms Guinane has represented a wide variety of nonprofit organizations both as 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

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/print/13 (2016-02-16)
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  • C&SN Joins More Than 50 Orgs in Raising Concerns About UN's Work on Preventing Violent Extremism
    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 While acknowledging that properly designed PVE initiatives can play a potentially positive role the signatories express concern that HRC resolution 30 15 3 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

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/print/1389 (2016-02-16)
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    generated Not case sensitive Switch to audio verification Home page 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

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  • New Budget Language Intended to Rein In Partner Vetting System
    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 4 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

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    Switch to audio verification Home page 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

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  • Over 100 Nonprofits Ask FATF to Revise Recommendation 8
    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 4 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

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  • UN HLR Highlights Impact of Sanctions on Humanitarian Work
    human rights bodies develop evidentiary and investigative standards to examine the compliance enforceability and direct effect of UN Sanctions on the ground The HLR also suggests that sanction bodies operate with a concise uniform publicly available methodology Interestingly the report also states that HLR consultations revealed strong views by some that additional steps are needed to improve the procedural rights of individuals and entities subject to sanctions On exemptions to financial travel sanctions here HLR recommends to the Security Council and member states that there be a standing exemption for humanitarian actors Within the section on monitoring implementation and compliance the report notes UN sanctions comprehensive or targeted have always included exemptions for humanitarian purposes This is significant in that it both refers to specific allowances given to listed individuals i e organizations travelling for medical care Recommendations 26 27 and also hints at the need for standing exemptions Recommendation 25 Here the HLR refers to Security Council Resolution 2182 and recommends using the humanitarian exemptions in the Somalia sanctions regime as a model Differences from and critiques of the FATF the HLR goes beyond the FATF Best Practices Paper BPP by suggesting that the Secretary General provide a report on key sanctions trends implementation issues linkages between Security Council sanctions regimes and the other Council mandated activities including the intended and unintended impact of sanctions measures on human rights due process and on humanitarian work While the FATF s BPP refers to risk analysis when dealing with nonprofits the HLR asserts that FATF recommendations created the threat of over compliance with financial sanctions and notes its negative impact on humanitarian work On understanding the impact of sanctions on important humanitarian activities The report acknowledges that experts may lack understanding of the fundamental principles defining government humanitarian action and may

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/print/1376 (2016-02-16)
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