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  • Charity & Security Network
    country banning the delivery of humanitarian relief outside of the official camps Read more about Sri Lankan Government Denies Entry to Aid Groups Raising Humanitarian Law Questions Constitution Project Reform Recommendations to Obama Transition Team Change Security Laws Impacting Charities and Foundations A joint effort by civil liberties human rights and nonprofit sector organizations coordinated by the Constitution Project has published its Liberty and Security Recommendations for the Next Administration and Congress It includes specific recommendations for Charities and Foundations The Introduction states Read more about Constitution Project Reform Recommendations to Obama Transition Team Change Security Laws Impacting Charities and Foundations Constitution Project Reform Recommendations to Obama Transition Team Change Security Laws Impacting Charities and Foundations A joint effort by civil liberties human rights and nonprofit sector organizations coordinated by the Constitution Project has published its Liberty and Security Recommendations for the Next Administration and Congress It includes specific recommendations for Charities and Foundations The Introduction states Read more about Constitution Project Reform Recommendations to Obama Transition Team Change Security Laws Impacting Charities and Foundations Constitution Project Reform Recommendations to Obama Transition Team Change Security Laws Impacting Charities and Foundations A joint effort by civil liberties human rights and nonprofit sector organizations coordinated by the Constitution Project has published its Liberty and Security Recommendations for the Next Administration and Congress It includes specific recommendations for Charities and Foundations The Introduction states Read more about Constitution Project Reform Recommendations to Obama Transition Team Change Security Laws Impacting Charities and Foundations 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 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

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/issue/Barriers%20to%20Charity?type=All&page=8 (2016-02-16)
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    Speakers Bureau Studies Reports Future Unclear for Pakistani Charity s Services after UN Listing as Terror Supporter Date April 9 2009 Two months after the December 2008 shut down of a Pakistani charity the fate of people served by hospitals schools and refugee camps in areas hard hit by an October 2008 earthquake is uncertain Read more about Future Unclear for Pakistani Charity s Services after UN Listing as Terror Supporter Amendment to State Secrets Bill Would Expand Ban on Humanitarian Aid and Other Programs Date June 8 2009 Sen Jon Kyl R AZ proposed an amendment to the State Secrets Protection Act S 417 on May 21 2009 when the bill was scheduled for consideration by the Senate Judiciary Committee It was one of several amendments offered but the committee took no action Read more about Amendment to State Secrets Bill Would Expand Ban on Humanitarian Aid and Other Programs Pages first previous 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 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

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/issue/Barriers%20to%20Charity?type=All&page=9 (2016-02-16)
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  • House Oversight Hearing Looks at Impact of Anti-terrorist Financing Laws on Lawful U.S. Charities | Charity & Security Network
    Treasury takes this problem seriously and is committed to working with the charitable sector to mitigate the chilling effect In his written testimony Glaser summarized Treasury s view of the problem and the legal framework Most striking was his claim that courts consistently have upheld both the Constitutional underpinnings of our authorities and our application of them p 6 This statement ignores the fact that two federal courts have held Treasury s procedures for shutting down charities unconstitutional see KindHearts and Al Haramain Glaser s written testimony indicated the total amount of funds blocked due to an interest of U S based charities collectively is approximately 3 2 million This number apparently excludes the 5 million the Holy Land Foundation is reported to have had frozen These funds were forfeited to the government when Holy Land was convicted of supporting terrorism but their status is uncertain since Holy Land was unrepresented at the trial and has appealed Guinane Kay Guinane Program Manager at the Charity and Security Network told the subcommittee that the impact of U S Treasury enforcement on legitimate charitable organizations has largely been negative She said the U S charitable sector condemns violence and terrorism and since 9 11 the sector has taken steps to increase accountability and transparency Treasury s unwillingness to withdraw the its Anti Terrorist Financing Guidelines Voluntary Best Practices for U S Charities as nonprofit sector leaders have recommended Guinane said demonstrates Treasury s lack of understanding for how charities operate She told the subcommittee members that complete compliance of every suggested practice provides no legal protection for charities and they risk being shut down and having all of their assets frozen without notice opportunity to see the evidence against it or present evidence on its own behalf Her testimony identified problems with freezing funds indefinitely Guinane said there is no timeline or process for the long term disposition of the approximately 7 million in U S charitable funds and assets seized by Treasury Treasury has the authority to grant licenses that would allow the transfer of frozen funds for charitable purposes Guinane said but Treasury has refused every request to do so Guinane said she is receptive to meeting with members of the subcommittee and officials from Treasury and other agencies to discuss specific proposals developed by members of the Charity and Security Network German Michael German Policy Counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union told the panel that laws that can make it illegal to promote peacemaking conflict resolution and human rights advocacy and the provision of aid to needy civilians are counterproductive to US counterterrorism goals Unfortunately at a time when humanitarian aid is needed the most the Treasury Department s capricious arbitrary and discriminatory enforcement of overbroad US anti terrorism financing laws has made it far more difficult for nonprofit organizations to provide critical aid and service German said In his written testimony German provided examples of the severe penalties and lack of process U S charities face when

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/House_Oversight_Hearing_Impact_Antiterrorist_Financing_Laws_on_Lawful_US_Charities (2016-02-16)
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  • Kay Guinane's Testimony on the Impact of Anti-Terrorist Financing Laws on Lawful US Charities | Charity & Security Network
    Congress held the first oversight hearing examining the impact of anti terrorist financing enforcement policies on the U S charitable sector since 9 11 The hearing Anti Money Laundering Blocking Terrorist Financing and Its Impact on Lawful Charities was held by the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations At the hearing a Department of Treasury Treasury official acknowledged that the laws aimed at stopping terrorist financing have hurt charitable programs Read Kay Guinane s testimony about the charitable sector s condemnation of violence and work toward eradicating eradicate poverty promote democracy peace sustainability and human rights 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 50 Orgs in Raising Concerns About UN s Work on Preventing Violent Extremism February 8 2016 New Budget Language Intended to Rein In Partner Vetting System January 21 2016 Over 100 Nonprofits Ask FATF to Revise

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  • Congressional Oversight Overview | Charity & Security Network
    of Anti Terrorist Financing Laws on U S Charities After the Oversight Hearing What Comes Next Headlines Opinion Senate and House Hearings Examine Response to Humanitarian Crisis in Syria Additional Congressional Oversight Needed on Intelligence Sharing Summary of Treasury s May 2007 Senate Testimony on Charities and Islamic Extremism Letter to House Members Calls for Real Patriot Act Reforms State Secrets Protection Act Passes House Subcommittee Amendment to State Secrets Bill Would Expand Ban on Humanitarian Aid and Other Programs ACLU Report Calls for Oversight Overhaul of Patriot Act House passes Bill Creating Right to Contest Placement on Watch Lists House Urged to Improve Oversight Regulation of Intelligence Gathering Relevant Legislation Pending in the U S Senate and House of Representatives 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 50 Orgs in Raising Concerns About UN s Work on Preventing Violent Extremism

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/Congressional_Oversight_Overview (2016-02-16)
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  • Senate and House Hearings Examine Response to Humanitarian Crisis in Syria | Charity & Security Network
    deny this access she said Nancy Lindborg USAID Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Democracy Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance had made similar comments the day before at a Senate Foreign Relations hearing complete transcript Our approach is to work through all the possible channels to deliver assistance We are working through the United Nations through international organizations nongovernmental organizations local Syrian groups and networks to ensure that we can reach as many people as possible she said Lindborg explained that 60 percent of aid including food and medical supplies is starting to reach civilians in opposition and contested areas including regions that were not being reached earlier in the conflict We know it s not enough she added but we are working to ensure that it reaches as broad of swathe of those in need In addition to asking that all countries follow through on their pledges for support Lindborg described the challenges to distribute aid across the war torn country The single greatest challenge to providing more and better humanitarian assistance is access We urgently need to be able to not just cross lines but to cross the borders to ensure that we re able to reach the most vulnerable groups of Syrians Without a mandate from the UN Security Council or permission from the Assad regime the UN cannot cross into Syria to deliver assistance without violating international law Sen Bob Casey D PA said in the hearing s introductory remarks Thus most of the responsibility to meet the needs of civilians inside Syria falls onto international coalitions and NGOs willing to take the risk Another concern is security Humanitarian workers are targeted every day We receive reports of kidnappings targeting of clinics and of bakeries Our top priority is to ensure that this aid can continue and in a way that protects both recipients and the very courageous aid workers who provide it Lindborg said The day before at the House hearing Lindborg said one of the ways this is done is by not advertising that much of the aid is coming from the U S So to protect our humanitarian partners to ensure the aid can continue and reach those in need we are not branding much of our assistance Another speaker at the Senate hearing Antonio Guterres the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said that more than three fourths of the refugees pouring out of the country are women and children and that one in five refugees coming to the camps in Jordan are less than four years old He highlighted a report by Save the Children tiled Childhood Under Fire which says nearly 2 million Syrian children are in need of assistance and are under constant threat of malnutrition and mental trauma In neighboring Turkey Guterres said more than 30 NGOs are working to provide relief to anyone in need And what I believe is very important is to make sure based on the principle that everybody should be supported wherever they are whoever

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/Senate_House_Hearings_Response_Crisis_Syria (2016-02-16)
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  • Summary of Treasury's May 2007 Senate Testimony on Charities and Islamic Extremism | Charity & Security Network
    are based in the U S Poncy explains Treasury s approach to preventing donations to charities with this dual purpose is education of donors charities and the Muslim American community about the nature of the problem If the U S government takes steps to shut down charities a defense can not be that those charities were engaged in legitimate assistance because that is not the point from Treasury s point of view Treasury s considers that if any aspect of an organization is engaged in terrorist support then there is a problem with the entire charitable organization Poncy mentions that this method raises operational issues as to whether or not Treasury can look at minimalizing collateral damage Seemingly contradictory are Poncy s subsequent statements that Treasury s approach so far has been to look behind the charity and at individuals in addition to the organization and at international branches of organizations Purportedly this is done to get an analysis of potential distinctions between those that may be engaged in terrorist activity and those that are not This allows for the designation of an entire global network of a charity such as Al Haramain or just certain branches of an organization Poncy asserts that outreach to the sector needs to begin with a fundamental recognition of the problem which is the complicated grey area rather than the unfortunate fiction that there are charities that pretend to be but aren t and charities that just do charitable work Collins responds in full agreement affirming that this is what the previous hearings showed that the vast majority of the charities that are problems are doing both Lieberman then asks Poncy of the 44 charities sanctioned are any subdivisions of a terrorist organization abroad Poncy responds that the relationship between charities and terrorist organizations is fact specific Treasury has seen that the charities act as an essential element of a terrorist organization Some countries look at the terrorist organization and break it down in different components such as a political party a militant wing or charitable activities Treasury has resisted this subdivision because money is fungible in that giving money for social welfare services of terrorist organization frees up money to conduct militant activity and because of the control that is exerted across all the elements of its operations including its charitable operations Lieberman agrees that some of the charities that have been closed have had a unique relationship with Hezbollah or Hamas and did not start out as legitimate charities and inadvertently contribute to a terrorist group Poncy asserts that most often the terrorist organization starts the charity or it becomes infiltrated or a branch of a charitable group becomes infiltrated Lieberman agrees they are playing on the ethnic identity or goodwill of those they are trying to raise money from The relationship between local American based charities and foreign based terrorist groups is knowing they intend to support them Poncy responds that is certainly our view Lieberman then asks what the purpose

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  • Letter to House Members Calls for Real Patriot Act Reforms | Charity & Security Network
    provisions scheduled to sunset at the end of 2009 These include investigative searches into business or library records roving wiretaps and lone wolf provisions which allow surveillance of non US citizens not working on behalf of a foreign government Additional information about all the provisions is available at the ACLU According to the letter Passed in 2001 the Patriot Act and its reauthorizing legislation diminished checks and balances on domestic surveillance and vastly expanded the government s ability to collect information on Americans Your legislation recognizes that addressing the three expiring provisions of the Patriot Act is only the first step towards restoring Americans privacy Signed by organizations including the American Civil Liberties Union ACLU American Library Association and OMB Watch the letter commended the Representatives for introducing legislation that seeks to limit overly broad provisions of law that have unacceptably diminished Americans privacy In addition to the surveillance reforms the letter requested amending the material support for terrorism statute to expand the exemption for humanitarian aid Under current law only medicine and religious materials are allowed and charities and human rights organizations and their employees face severe legal sanctions including prison time for providing aid essential to saving lives The letter asked House members to expand the humanitarian exemption to include items such as food water medical services and equipment clothing and shelter civil public services and educational materials and activities The letter to the House members comes on the heels of the Senate Judiciary s Committee s approval of the USA Patriot Act Sunset Extension Act of 2009 S 1692 on Oct 7 Disappointing many civil liberty advocates the bill did little to change the provisions In a press release Michael Macleod Ball the Acting Director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office said We are disappointed that further

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