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  • Charity & Security Network
    Charity Closed by Banks Treasury Amends Regulations on Legal Services and Payments Date January 6 2009 Effective as of December 2008 the U S Department of Treasury s Office of Foreign Assets Control OFAC has expanded its scope of mandatory licensing affecting legal services available under the Global Terrorism Sanctions Regulations and payment for legal services under the Foreign Terrorist Organizations Sanctions Regulations Read more about Treasury Amends Regulations on Legal Services and Payments Cohen Nominated as Assistant Treasury Secretary of Terrorist Financing Date May 11 2009 Nominated for Assistant Treasury Secretary of terrorist financing David S Cohen is experienced in complex civil litigation white collar criminal defense internal investigations and anti money laundering counseling Cohen served concurrently as Acting Deputy General Counsel and Associate Deputy General Counsel of the US Department of the Treasury during the Bill Clinton administration Read more about Cohen Nominated as Assistant Treasury Secretary of Terrorist Financing Appointments for Top Treasury Posts Will They Take a Big Picture View of Charities and Security Date April 9 2009 On March 23 the Obama administration announced appointment of three top Treasury officials Neal Wolin as Deputy Secretary Lael Brainard as undersecretary for international affairs and Stuart Levey to continue as undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence The Levey appointment raises concerns about possible continuation of Treasury s hostile policies toward charities during the Bush administration Read more about Appointments for Top Treasury Posts Will They Take a Big Picture View of Charities and Security Key Treasury Department Positions Remain Vacant Holdovers Might Not Be Long term Appointees Date April 9 2009 In the last Charity and Security Network Newsletter we noted that the Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence in the Bush administration Stuart Levey was retained by Treasury officials While this raises concerns about the potential for developing sensible counter terrorism finance policies it might not be a long lasting situation Read more about Key Treasury Department Positions Remain Vacant Holdovers Might Not Be Long term Appointees US Designation Causes British Bank Discontinuing Services to UK Approved Charity Date April 9 2009 Lloyds TSB one of London s most prominent banks was pressured into discontinuing financial services to Interpal a UK based nonprofit due to ongoing allegations in the UK and the United State s designation of the charity as a terrorist related organization Despite two investigations 1996 and 2003 finding no evidence of wrongdoing by the UK Charity Commissions which monitors and regulates UK based charities Interpal remains a target of sanctions for terror related financing Read more about US Designation Causes British Bank Discontinuing Services to UK Approved Charity US Designation Causes British Bank Discontinuing Services to UK Approved Charity Date April 9 2009 Lloyds TSB one of London s most prominent banks was pressured into discontinuing financial services to Interpal a UK based nonprofit due to ongoing allegations in the UK and the United State s designation of the charity as a terrorist related organization Despite two investigations 1996 and 2003 finding

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  • Charity & Security Network
    Read more about Head of Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Under Bush Remains at Treasury For Now Cohen Confirmed as Treasury Assistant Secretary of Terrorist Financing Date June 8 2009 On May 1 2009 the Senate Banking Committee confirmed David S Cohen as Assistant Treasury Secretary of Terrorist Financing He served as Acting Deputy General Counsel and Associate Deputy General Counsel of the U S Department of the Treasury during the Clinton administration Read more about Cohen Confirmed as Treasury Assistant Secretary of Terrorist Financing Charities Respond to Treasury s Overbroad Allegations of Terrorist Ties Date June 12 2007 External Link From OMB Watch Read more about Charities Respond to Treasury s Overbroad Allegations of Terrorist Ties Charity Interpal Cleared in UK Banned in US Date June 28 2009 On Feb 27 2009 the Palestinians Relief and Development Fund Interpal was cleared of supporting terrorism in the third inquiry into its activities by the United Kingdom s UK Charity Commission The charity also overcame hurdles to financing its operations created by two prominent banks that withdrew their financial services in response to the United States U S listing of Interpal as a supporter of terrorism Read more about Charity Interpal Cleared in UK Banned in US Charity Interpal Cleared in UK Banned in US Date June 28 2009 On Feb 27 2009 the Palestinians Relief and Development Fund Interpal was cleared of supporting terrorism in the third inquiry into its activities by the United Kingdom s UK Charity Commission The charity also overcame hurdles to financing its operations created by two prominent banks that withdrew their financial services in response to the United States U S listing of Interpal as a supporter of terrorism Read more about Charity Interpal Cleared in UK Banned in US Pages first previous 2

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/issue/Anti-Terrorism%20Financing?type=All&page=9 (2016-02-16)
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  • Kay's Blog Posts
    Court Working for Peace Is a Prosecutable Offense 5 June 2010 Council on Foundations A Dialogue Ends But the Commitment Remains 6 Dec 2010 London School of Economics Global War on Terror Blog American counter terrorism measures in flux as civil society promotes reforms 7 Oct 2010 Source URL http www charityandsecurity org node 1001 Links 1 http www charityandsecurity org node 1001 2 http blogs lse ac uk waronterror

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  • Protect Civil Society to Counter Terrorism
    threat of terrorism Three reports from the United Nations General Assembly all timed to coincide with its 70th Session in September paint a dire picture of the rights of civil society around the globe while emphasizing the importance of creating enabling environments for it The first report 2 focusing on the situation of human rights defenders laments that in many countries defending and promoting human rights remain an extraordinarily dangerous activity The second highlighting the different treatment of NPOs and businesses 3 around the world calls on states to ensure that the two sectors are treated equitably by laws and practices The third report 4 draws attention to the value of a thriving civil society in combatting violent extremism Seems pretty straightforward right As one of the reports states Sectoral equity is not a difficult concept to adopt It is simply a matter of political will But this isn t the first time the UN has addressed these issues and all are based on previous UN resolutions As the international body continues to crank out reports explaining that things aren t improving countries around the world including the United States seem to turn a blind eye to their own detriment

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/print/1362 (2016-02-16)
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    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 More Than

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  • Sectoral Equity: UN Special Rapporteur Finds Disparities in Laws for Businesses, Associations | Charity & Security Network
    good enabling environment for civil society the report states adding A democratic State has no inherent interest in regulating this type of private activity in and of itself Instead registration should be voluntary process for associations that want additional benefits such as becoming a legal entity and qualifying for tax benefits Although the Special Rapporteur does not necessarily advocate identical treatment across the board for businesses and associations as there may be legitimate bases for different treatment in certain cases the report notes he does advocate sectoral equity Equity between sectors implies a fair transparent and impartial approach in which the regulation of each sector is grounded in domestic and international law standards and norms the report states Associations also face harsher regulation of their operations and activities These difficulties include stricter limits on the scope or location of work more restrictions on political contributions more intrusive audit and reporting requirements and targeted harassment or reprisals the report explains Auditing requirements for example should be similar for associations and businesses the report argues The report emphasizes that the ability to seek secure and use resources from domestic foreign and international source is essential to the existence and effective operations of any association no matter how small Intrusive restrictions on resource acquisition violate the right to freedom of association However many states impose restrictions on associations in this regard while simultaneously promoting business investment activity Counterterrorism While some restrictions are genuinely connected to national security interests many fail to comply with international law and seem designed to closely regulate sectors that may pose a political rather than a security threat according to the report T here is little evidence that associations are more prone to be used for terrorist financing than other legal entities the report notes However compared to the

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/UN_Report_Sectoral_Equity_Businesses_Associations (2016-02-16)
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  • Why Ask Treasury to Fix the De-Risking Problem When They May Have Caused It?
    administration to choke payday lenders but it soon became a runaway freight train According to an October 19 article in American Banker 4 Disturbingly the U S Department of Justice and the primary regulator of more than 4 700 U S banks the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp together operated what was effectively a government mandated de risking program through last year The program forced banks to end relationships with clients deemed high risk a term that is also used to describe charities in the Bank Examiners Manual The threat of fines appeared to apply to any high risk client beyond those industries named by the program as examples Consequently banks left and continue to exit these high risk sectors Indeed Money Transfer Networks and correspondent banking were heavily impacted by this program You can now start connecting the dots to nonprofits many de risked charities have speculated that pressure on correspondent banking systems caused the loss of their accounts Although the program officially ended last year the effects continue to be felt by nonprofit organizations and others who have had to scramble to find financial services to keep their operations going The question remains as to whether the pressure from

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/print/1359 (2016-02-16)
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