Special Rapporteur: UN Terrorist Listing Regime Lacks Due Process Guarantees

The United Nations’ Security Council targeted sanctions regime “continues to fall short of international minimum standards of due process,” a UN expert said on Nov. 2, 2012.  In a report critical of the UN 1267 Sanctions Regime (1267), which dictates the sanctions for members and supporters of terrorism, UN Special Rapporteur Ben Emmerson identified several key deficiencies in the listing and de-listing process.  He recommends that the Security Council introduce a

July 22nd, 2019|News|

INGOs Call on UN to Protect Humanitarian Action

A group of 13 international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) that provide humanitarian aid in areas of greatest need call on the UN’s Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) to provide the “fullest support for efforts to protect principled humanitarian action from the impact of counterterrorism measures.” Noting that this year is the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions, the June 19 letter states that although the UN has said counterterrorism measures

June 25th, 2019|Humanitarian Safeguards, News|

Senators Propose Resolution Calling for Release of Aid Funds for Palestinian Civilians

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced Senate Resolution 171 on April 18, 2019 call on the administration to restore U.S. assistance to civilians in the West Bank and Gaza. Joined by five co-sponsors, S Res 171 also calls on Congress to clarify provisions of the 2018 Antiterrorism Clarification Act (ATCA) so that acceptance for funds for food and essential humanitarian services cannot be used to trigger jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority for ATCA lawsuits

April 30th, 2019|Humanitarian Safeguards, News|

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

April 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

January 17th, 2019|News, PeaceBuilding|
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