New UN Counter Terrorist Financing Resolution: Vague Safeguards for Civil Society Puts Focus on Implementation

The UN Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2462 to “Combat, Criminalize Financing of Terrorists, Their Activities” on March 28, 2019 that is binding on all member states and can be enforced by UN sanctions. Sponsored by France, Resolution 2462 is the results of intense behind-the-scenes negotiations, including efforts by civil society to include clear safeguards for humanitarian and peacebuilding activities as well as cautions against further bank derisking of nonprofit organizations. It is the first comprehensive

2019-05-29T09:26:03-04:00April 3rd, 2019|News|

Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act Signed into Law

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 at

2019-05-23T07:15:42-04:00January 17th, 2019|News, 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|

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|

House Subcommittee Hears Need for Balance Between Security and Humanitarian Needs

The House Committee on Financial Services’ Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance heard testimony from five expert witnesses in a hearing entitled Survey of Terrorist Groups and Their Means of Financing on September 7 2018. Ms. Katherine Bauer of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy noted that “critics are right to highlight the high costs of anti-money laundering and CFT regulation…and the need to better balance some of the competing but

2019-05-28T07:44:04-04:00September 12th, 2018|News|

Nonprofits Push Back Against Misinformation in House Hearing on Muslim Brotherhood

The Charity & Security Network (C&SN) responded to misinformation in statements about nonprofit organizations (NPOs) made in a July 11 hearing in the National Security Committee of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in an Aug. 14 letter, saying such statements “inaccurately and unfairly portray the U.S. charitable sector as a source of terrorist financing. Such statements undermine the important work U.S. NPOs do around the world and fail to recognize the

2019-05-28T07:44:45-04:00August 16th, 2018|News|

House Hearing on Muslim Brotherhood Raises Concerns for Nonprofits

Although the primary focus of a July 11, 2018 House hearing on “The Muslim Brotherhood’s Global Threat” was on foreign organizations, the testimony of several witnesses raised the specter of a coordinated campaign against U.S. Muslim humanitarian and civil rights organizations. Many statements in the hearing reflected outdated and often discredited assumptions about how they operate. In the hearing, conducted by the National Security Subcommittee of the House Oversight and Government Reform

2019-05-28T07:45:21-04:00July 17th, 2018|News|

OFAC Issues Regulations Implementing Global Magnitsky Sanctions

The U.S. Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has issued final regulations (83 Fed. Reg. 30541, 31 CFR part 583) to implement the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act (Pub. L. 114-328, Title XII, Subtitle F) and Executive Order 13818. In late 2016, President Obama signed the Global Magnitsky Act, which authorizes the president to impose targeted sanctions on any foreign person determine to be responsible for extrajudicial killings, torture, or other

2019-05-28T07:46:08-04:00July 3rd, 2018|News|
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