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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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  • President's Cairo Statement on Charitable Giving Rules Welcome | Charity & Security Network
    programs and violates our fundamental values respecting human life A charity merely accused of supporting terrorism can be shut down by the Treasury Department and have its assets frozen indefinitely with no opportunity for the charity to see the evidence against it or defend itself against the allegations before an independent tribunal There is no process to release frozen charitable funds to programs that respect the intentions of the donors including Muslims fulfilling zakat Frozen funds are now estimated at 20 7 million In the years immediately following the attacks of 9 11 Bush administration tactics such as the shuttering of large U S Muslim charities during the holy month of Ramadan and FBI visiting Muslim donors have led many Muslims to believe the U S government wants to deprive Muslims living in conflict zones of essential aid These perceptions are heightened by the contrast with the lenient treatment of companies like Chiquita Banana that violated the same laws but were only fined These overbroad laws are misguided attempts to deal with a small number of bad apples in the international charitable community They were written as an emergency measure immediately after 9 11 when the government knew little of how terrorist organizations are actually funded Their usefulness is now out dated Every charity and grantmaker is affected by these onerous laws yet very few have actually been charged with aiding terrorists and fewer still convicted Americans generosity toward people in need is an asset our government should leverage in winning goodwill in the international community not impede with a legal regime that is both unjust and ineffective The time has come to develop sensible long term counterterrorism policies that allow charities aid and economic development programs human rights advocates and their donors to operate without undue fear of prosecution

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  • KindHearts Decision Opens Door to Reform | Charity & Security Network
    seizing its assets indefinitely violates basic rights This is especially so because the charity has no real opportunity defend itself This decision is both significant and timely It rights a terrible wrong freezing funds for humanitarian aid for over three years with no effort by Treasury to ensure people in need ever get the assistance intended Congress should take notice and investigate the charity situation and the administration should continue its dialog with the charitable sector to find solutions to the problem Our network is currently drafting reform proposals that we think will protect humanitarian aid U S charities and public safety In the months ahead we look forward to working with federal authorities to fix this broken system This is the constructive approach and we hope Treasury follows this path rather than appealing a sound ruling Attachment Size KindHearts order 8 18 09 pdf 288 18 KB 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

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  • Event Recap: A Briefing on What's at Stake in the Supreme Court Case Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project
    remarks by provided a comprehensive history of the material support laws and their interpretation throughout different legal proceedings and legislation He concluded his comments by clarifying that this case was not about charitable donations but rather about other types of material support that are non monetary that include assistance counseling and other types of conduct Following Vladeck Shayana Kadidal co counsel of the Humanitarian Law Project and a senior managing attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights explained how the Humanitarian Law Project s works specialize in nonviolent conflict resolution and wanted to enter into discussion with a designated group about peacefully resolving its disputes carrying out human rights monitoring and bringing various human rights complaints to international bodies Kadidal also described a common but complex situation often encountered by nonprofits and aid agencies delivering humanitarian aid to people trapped in areas controlled by a designated group The LTTE Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam were basically the functioning government in the eastern parts of Sri Lanka these were areas heavily affected by the civil war but also devastated by the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004 As the functioning government it was very difficult to do material humanitarian aid without dealing with the LTTE in one way or another see Legal Roadblocks for U S Famine Relief to Somalia Creating Humanitarian Crisis 5 for more examples of how the laws complicate humanitarian aid delivery The final speaker Lisa Schirch professor of peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University and director of the 3D Security Initiative 6 characterized the material support statute as a deterrent on humanitarian operations around the world As an example Schirch described how her participation in a peacebuilding project in Afghanistan called the Afghanistan Pathways to Peace is complicated by the material support laws It s never clear to me

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  • Roundtable Discussion on Zakat Committees Highlights Problems with Anti-Terror Regime
    those in need without prejudice or political bias To meet that additional requirement Benthall explained how Muslims in the West Bank region have for centuries relied on informal voluntary committees to administer charitable donations from local communities These zakat committees were largely independent from government or political influence However the committees loose structure was formalized by the Jordanian government in the 1970s More recently 2 they have evolved in a changing socio political context under Israeli occupation and successive Jordanian and Palestinian authority These changes in governance and structure have led to questions about their independence from political bias Benthall dismissed criticism from Mathew Levitt a senior fellow at the Washington Institute and a former Treasury official that alleges many zakat committees help groups such as Hamas to win the hearts and minds of the people or that they are used to recruit members Benthall believes it is a commonly made mistake to associate everything in the Palestinian states with support for Hamas In his 2008 report The Palestinian zakat committees 1993 2007 and their Contested Interpretations 4 Benthall said There is a grave risk of attributing guilt by association This risk is compounded by the citation of highly biased press reports and intelligence web sites and sometimes by reliance on statements extracted from detainees under coercive interrogation Adding to what Benthall had said Millar explained 5 how nonprofits have been the targets of heavy handed sanctions for whom and where they provide aid He blamed short sighted terrorism financing measures passed after 9 11 that were overly broad and lacked procedural safeguards subjecting nonprofits to unprecedented intimidation investigations and in some cases assets blocked without sufficient justification or notice Millar said ten Muslim charities in the U S have been shut down to these overbroad laws The work that

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  • July 1, 2009 Panel Event- Dilemma for US NGOs: Counterterrorism Laws vs. the Humanitarian Imperative
    for the last seven years During that time he has traveled extensively to Iraq and the Middle East since 2003 and seen first hand the humanitarian work in the field Jan Lane currently serves as Policy Advisor of the Homeland Security Policy Institute HSPI of the George Washington University following her tenure as Deputy Director from 2006 to February 2009 Prior to joining HSPI Jan was Vice President of Public Policy and Strategic Partnerships for the American Red Cross and led the organization s government relations efforts during some of its most challenging times including the response to September 11 th the 2005 Tsunami Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the interaction with FDA and Congress regarding blood safety issues Brian Majewski is a founding partner and manager of strategic consulting at the Global Emergency Group He has 14 years of experience working in the international humanitarian sector on policy and programmatic issues From 2001 2008 Brian served as the Senior Director for International Policy and Relations managing issues and relationships with an emphasis on multilateral coordination international humanitarian law and programmatic policy and advocacy initiatives including emerging US anti terrorism laws Charles Swift is partner at Swift McDonald P S Charles retired from active service in the United States Navy on August 31 2007 as a Lieutenant Commander in the Judge Advocate General s Corps Prior to retirement Swift gained national attention when after being assigned as a defense counsel in the Office of the Chief Defense Counsel in the Department of Defense Office of Military Commissions and detailed to represent Salim Ahmed Hamdan he refused to attempt to persuade his client to plead guilty Instead Swift persuaded his client Hamdan to permit Swift to serve as his next friend and file a habeas corpus action on Hamdan s behalf

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