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  • Global Coalition Submits Comments to FATF on R8's Interpretive Note
    with multiple organizations signing on the Global Coalition urged individual NPOs to submit their own comments Prior to FATF formally opening the IN to proposed revisions the coalition in early October submitted proposed changes 4 to Recommendation 8 R8 5 and the IN Unchanged since 2002 R8 IN set out the criteria FATF uses to evaluate compliance with its standards in 180 countries around the world FATF published updated guidance 6 in June 2015 for government implementation of R8 that promotes risk based proportionate approaches that protect legitimate NPOs The NPO sector praised this new guidance and now supports a FATF initiative to update R8 and the IN to align them with the risk based approach The recommended changes reflect a need to protect NPOs from abuse by terrorist organizations as well as overregulation by government that infringes on basic rights FATF is expected to take action on revisions to the IN some time in 2016 It has not announced plans to revise R8 Recommendation 8 was originally adopted by FATF as a special recommendation in 2002 in the wake of the 9 11 attacks in the U S It was incorporated into FATF s 40 standards without change in 2012 It claims that Non profit organisations are particularly vulnerable to terrorist abuse NPOs have said that this language is particularly offensive to the NPO sector and misguiding for countries NPOs suggest revising R8 to replace that phrase with Non profit organizations may in specific situations be vulnerable The Global Coalition s recent submission notes that the evidence indicates that NPOs are no more vulnerable to abuse than financial institutions or other sectors The language currently used sends out the message that the NPO sector is inherently high risk leading to consequences such as bank derisking of NPO accounts and

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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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    s Andrea Hall and published by American Banker has generated comments from former FDIC Chairman Bill Isaac NPO Engagement Crucial in Upcoming FATF Events Date September 22 2015 Two important events surrounding the Financial Action Task Force FATF are expected in the coming months both with a big impact on nonprofit organizations NPOs Following the June FATF Plenary in Australia the NPO sector can now expect a revision of the Recommendation 8 Interpretative Note IN At the same time the FATF will begin its periodic evaluation of the U S in late 2015 The results of that evaluation will likely shape U S counterterrorism laws and policies affecting NPOs going forward NPOs Urge U S Government to Increase their Support for the Crisis in Yemen Date September 10 2015 A number of U S nonprofit organizations NPOs joined together to send two sign on letters to the U S Agency for International Development USAID urging the government to support conflict resolution in Yemen and form a comprehensive strategy to prevent the escalation of the ongoing conflict there Holy Land Foundation Leaders Seek New Trial Citing New Evidence Date August 19 2015 The 2008 criminal conviction of the Holy Land Foundation HLF and five of its leaders for providing material support to Hamas a listed terrorist organization is being challenged in an Aug 10 2015 petition seeking a new trial based on new evidence Although the government admitted that no HLF funds went to Hamas at trial it argued that the local charity committees HLF worked with were controlled by it However these committees have never been placed on the U S terrorist list Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last more Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access

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  • The Latest News | Charity & Security Network
    of Assisting At Risk Civilians Date August 11 2015 The UN and its Member States should ensure respect for International Humanitarian Law and secure humanitarian access according to an outcome report issued by the International Committee of the Red Cross and InterAction International NGO Statement Critical of Administration s CVE Strategy Date July 20 2015 The largest group of U S based non governmental organizations NGOs to date has responded to the Obama administration s new Countering Violent Extremism CVE strategy USAID Issues Final Partner Vetting System Rule Date July 18 2015 A long awaited final Partner Vetting System PVS final rule was issued by the U S Agency for International Development USAID June 26 Partner Vetting in USAID Assistance 80 Fed Reg 36693 The rule which establishes a pilot project in five countries requires many grant applicants to submit detailed personal information on key employees to USAID for comparison with intelligence databases It is dismissive of concerns raised by nonprofit organizations NGOs and others in response to the proposed rule issued in 2013 C SN Signs On to Letter Objecting to CVE Expansion Date July 15 2015 The Charity Security Network joined by 42 civil liberties human rights and racial justice organizations has signed onto a letter expressing grave concerns about a proposed bill that would create a division devoted to countering violent extremism CVE within the U S Department of Homeland Security DHS Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last 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

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  • The Latest News | Charity & Security Network
    common interest State Department Outlines CVE Strategy in New QDDR Date May 12 2015 Countering violent extremism CVE plays a prominent role in the second Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review QDDR the State Department s policy roadmap released April 28 by Secretary of State John Kerry While the CVE strategy as outlined in the report emphasizes the importance of a free and functioning civil society it echoes the rhetoric from the February White House Summit on CVE and the September 2014 presidential memorandum which focuses on restrictions imposed by foreigh governments and does not address the global impact of U S restrictions on civil society Despite this the report presents yet another potential opening to create dialogue around this issue Global NPO Response to FATF s Call for Comments on Best Practices Paper Revisions Date April 27 2015 Seventy nonprofit organizations NPOs from 28 countries submitted joint comments April 24 2015 on the draft Financial Action Task Force FATF Best Practices Paper BPP The comments stressed that the final Best Practices Paper should guide governments on how to take a risk based and proportional approach to protecting NPOs from terrorist abuse The Transnational Nonprofit Working Group on FATF Working Group hopes that a consultation process between FATF and the NPO sector can be formalized so that NPOs are not again put in the position of trying to comment in a short time frame on a draft that has not been made publicly available State Dept Official s Bangladesh Speech on Charities Reinforces Civil Society Restrictions Date December 22 2014 In a message at odds with the Obama administration s Stand for Civil Society initiative the State Department s Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement William Brownfield told a Dec Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6

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  • The Latest News | Charity & Security Network
    the Muslim American Society MAS Charity Security Network Calls Treasury Guidance for Humanitarian NGOs a Disappointment Date October 28 2014 The Charity Security Network released a statement on Oct 28 2014 that analyzes the Department of Treasury s Oct Treasury s Informational Licensing Guidance for Humanitarian NGOs Falls Short Date October 24 2014 On Oct 17 2014 the U S Treasury Department s Office of Foreign Assets Control OFAC released Guidance Related to the Provision of Humanitarian Assistance by Not for Profit Non Governmental Organizations intended to provide clarification for nonprofits seeking licenses for activities that would otherwise be prohibited by economic sanctions programs UN Releases Report on Impact of Multilateral Organizations Impact on Civil Society Freedoms of Assembly and Association Cites FATF Date October 17 2014 The UN has released the report of Maina Kiai the Special Rapporteur on freedoms of peaceful assembly and of assocation that addresses concerns about the exercise of the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association in the context of multilateral organizations generally defined as groups made of up of three or more countries Obama Announces Expanded Initiative to Support Protect Civil Society Date September 26 2014 On Sept 24 the White House released two documents that are intended to increase protections for the rights of civil society organizations nonprofits to operate freely consistent with the rights of association assembly and expression Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last 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 Stay Up To

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  • The Latest News | Charity & Security Network
    restrictions criminal prosecutions surveillance and more Nonprofits Tell UN Human Rights Council US Security Laws on Nonprofits Violate Human Rights Date September 18 2014 A group of 11 civil society groups and experts joined the Charity Security Network in a Sept 15 2014 submission to the UN Human Rights Commission recommending that the U S takes steps to make counterterrorism rules for nonprofits consistent with international human rights standards The submission is part of the HRC s Universal Periodic Review process Stakeholders filed comments and the HRC s review will take place in the spring of 1015 New OFAC Guidance Expands Transaction Ban to Unlisted Entities With 50 or More Owners on SDN List Date September 4 2014 On Aug AP Exclusive US Changing No Fly List Rules Date August 22 2014 Author Eileen Sullivan Associated Press Aug 19 2014 WASHINGTON The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel Full article here FATF Releases Report on Terrorism Risks to Nonprofits Date July 17 2014 A report on the risks non profit organizations NPOs face from terrorist abuse was released in June 2014 by The Financial Action Task Force FATF The FATF an inter governmental body that makes recommendations for country level anti terrorist financing policy used over 100 case studies derived from governments and open sources to map vulnerabilities for terrorist abuse present in the NPO sector Pages first previous 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 next last 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

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  • The Latest News | Charity & Security Network
    terror are exacerbating the crisis Our humanitarian response has been slowed down in some areas and stopped altogether and ultimately people will die said Amos Latest House Approps Report Calls on Treasury to Address Licensing Problems Sanction Mass Atrocities Date July 3 2014 The House Appropriations Committee passed the FY15 appropriations bill with a report that gives the Department of Treasury 30 days from enactment to submit recommendations for how it will reduce delays in processing license applications for humanitarian organizations such as those seeking to provide aid during the 2011 famine in Somalia The report reminds Treasury that it was required to submit such a report by the District Court Judge Rules No Fly List Unconstitutional Date June 26 2014 A judge in the 9th Federal District in Oregon has declared No Fly Lists unconstitutional The June 24 decision in Latif v Holder ruled that No Fly Lists violate a person s right to travel internationally The case involved 13 U S citizens and legal U S residents 4 of whom were veterans of the U S armed forces UK Muslim Charities Disproportionately Affected by Anti Terror Laws Civil Society UK Date May 15 2014 Author Kirstey Weakly Civil Society UK From Kirsty Weakley Civil Society UK on May 9 2014 A prominent Muslim charity leader has warned the Charity Commission that scrutiny is falling disproportionately on Muslim charities because of counter terror legislation Abdurahman Sharif operations manager at the Muslim Charities Forum an umbrella body for Muslim charities told Civil Society News that since 2001 when new counter terrorism legislation came to force charities have been under increased scrutiny Pages first previous 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 next last more Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding Countering

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