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Derisking Conference Report Identifies Priority Measures

Interfering with the financial access of nonprofits operations designed to address post-conflict reconstruction or counter violent extremism "may in fact hinder other components of counterterrorism efforts," states a new conference report generated from a UK-Swiss meeting aimed at taking stock of existing initiatives, analyzing remaining obstacles and identifying future priorities. Read the full report.

2019-06-19T09:06:37-04:00January 17th, 2019|Financial Access, Litigation|

Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Law Enacted

The Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act (S.1158) was signed into law by President Trump on January 14 after passing both the full Senate (on December 12, 2018) and the House of Representatives (December 21, 2018). The bipartisan bill, named after Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, requires a government-wide atrocity prevention strategy, affirms the work of the Atrocities Prevention Board and other practical steps aimed at identifying countries

2019-06-14T06:55:31-04:00January 17th, 2019|PeaceBuilding|

Treasury Updates National Terrorist Financing Risk Assessment, Finding Measures to Protect Charities Largely Effective

The Department of Treasury published an update to its 2015 National Terrorist Financing Risk Assessment (NTFRA) on Dec. 20, 2018 as part of a new National Strategy for Combating Terrorist and Other Illicit Financing, which also covers money laundering and nuclear proliferation.  The NTRFA cited the top threats as ISIS, Hizbollah, Al Qaeda and al-Shabaab and banks and money services businesses as the most vulnerable to abuse. Cash transactions were cited as an increasing threat. The

2019-06-20T09:00:18-04:00January 8th, 2019|Counter-terrorist Financing, News|

Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act Passes House

Legislation endorsed by the Charity & Security Network passed the U.S. House of Representatives November 27, 2018. The Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act of 2018 (HR 5273), introduced March 14, 2018, and passed by the House Foreign Affairs Committee September 27, would require the U.S. Department of State, in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Department of Defense, and other federal agencies - in collaboration

2019-06-14T07:00:06-04:00November 28th, 2018|PeaceBuilding|

CGD Report Takes Stock of the Current State of Derisking

Over the past three years, progress has been made with the problem of derisking and the situation has stabilized so that no country is at risk of losing access to international payments services. At the same time, the problem has not yet been resolved, according to a report from the Center for Global Development(CGD), Policy Responses to De-Risking: Progress Report on the CGD Working Group's 2015 Recommendations. Three years ago,

2019-06-14T02:21:54-04:00November 1st, 2018|Abstracts, Financial Access, Litigation|

IRS Rejects Complaint Against Doctors Without Borders for its Medical Work in Gaza

In late August 2018 the Zionist Advocacy Center (TZAC), which is spearheading legal tactics aimed at NPOs working in Palestine, announced via facebook that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rejected its effort to revoke the charitable, tax-exempt status of Doctors Without Borders’ (MSF - Medecins Sans Frontiers). The IRS does not publish its decisions in such cases, but TZAC’s complaint, minus the appendices, is available in a 2016 news story from War News Information

2019-06-19T12:55:33-04:00October 24th, 2018|Material Support, News|

C&SN Submits Comments on Community Reinvestment Act

In comments submitted to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Charity & Security Network urges the agency to use the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) as a vehicle for incentivizing banks to provide financial services to nonprofit organizations (NPOs). The comments were submitted in response to an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) published by the OCC on September 5, which announced the agency's intention to build a new framework

2019-06-19T10:28:15-04:00October 13th, 2018|Financial Access, News|

The Globalization of Countering Violent Extremism Policies

ransnational Institute’s March 2018 report, The Globalisation of Countering Violent Extremism Policies, Undermining Human Rights, Instrumentalizing Civil Society, which includes a foreword by United Nations Special Rapporteur Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, analyzes the globalization of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) policies and their institutionalization within three international bodies in particular: the European Union, the United Nations, and the Global Counterterrorism Forum. Researchers Arun Kundnani and Ben Hayes argue that the most problematic

2019-06-24T10:39:02-04:00October 10th, 2018|Countering Violent Extremism, PeaceBuilding|

Report: UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Warns of “Chilling Effect” on Humanitarian Aid

A UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights has criticized counter-terrorism laws for imposing “chilling effects on the provision of humanitarian aid for people desperately in need of help.” Agnès Callamard, the UN Special Rapporteur of the Human Rights Council on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, released her report on August 7th 2018, entitled Saving Lives Is Not A Crime. The paper focuses on the criminalization of humanitarian services and

2019-06-14T02:23:07-04:00October 4th, 2018|Abstracts, Financial Access, Litigation|

Intimidation Campaign Using False Claims Act and IRS to Push Problematic Enforcement Policy on NGOs

This spring our monitoring picked up a surprising story. Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) had agreed to pay over $2 million to the U.S. government for allegedly providing material support to listed terrorist groups, in violation of the anti-terrorism certification in its USAID grant agreement.  NPA had been sued under the False Claims Act (FCA), a whistleblower law, by the Zionist Advocacy Center (TZAC) and said it settled the case in

2019-05-28T06:56:37-04:00September 27th, 2018|Blog|
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