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AP Exclusive: US Changing No-Fly List Rules

Date: 
August 22, 2014
Author: 
Eileen Sullivan, Associated Press

Aug. 19, 2014 - WASHINGTON The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel. 

FATF Releases Report on Terrorism Risks to Nonprofits

Date: 
July 17, 2014

A report on the risks non-profit organizations (NPOs) face from terrorist abuse was released in June 2014 by The Financial Action Task Force (FATF). The FATF, an inter-governmental body that makes recommendations for country level anti-terrorist financing policy, used over 100 case studies derived from governments and open sources to map vulnerabilities for terrorist abuse present in the NPO sector.

Treasury Lifts Sanctions on Ohio-Based Charity it Once Linked to Hamas (WSJ)

Date: 
July 17, 2014
Author: 
WSJ

From, Treasury Lifts Sanctions on Ohio-Based Charity it Once Linked to Hamas by Samuel Rubenfeld. Posted July 11, 2014.

The U.S. Treasury Department removed sanctions from a defunct charity it once linked to Hamas.

UN Humanitarian Chief Warns of Chilling Impact Created by Counterterror Measures in Syria

Date: 
July 3, 2014

UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos criticized counterterrorism laws that create a chilling impact on humanitarian organizations working in places like Syria. In a July 1 BBC 4 radio segment, Amos argued that overboard restrictions in the name of countering terror are exacerbating the crisis. “Our humanitarian response has been slowed down in some areas and stopped altogether, and ultimately, people will die” said Amos.

Latest House Approps Report Calls on Treasury to Address Licensing Problems, Sanction Mass Atrocities

Date: 
July 3, 2014

The House Appropriations Committee passed the FY15 appropriations bill with a report that gives the Department of Treasury 30 days from enactment to submit recommendations for how it will reduce delays in processing license applications for humanitarian organizations, such as those seeking to provide aid during the 2011 famine in Somalia.  The report reminds Treasury that it was required to submit such a report by the

District Court Judge Rules No-Fly List Unconstitutional

Date: 
June 26, 2014

A judge in the 9th Federal District in Oregon has declared No-Fly Lists unconstitutional. The June 24 decision in Latif v. Holder ruled that No-Fly Lists violate a person’s right to travel internationally. The case involved 13 U.S. citizens and legal U.S. residents, 4 of whom were veterans of the U.S. armed forces.

UK: Muslim Charities 'Disproportionately' Affected by Anti-Terror Laws (Civil Society UK)

Date: 
May 15, 2014
Author: 
Kirstey Weakly (Civil Society UK)

From: Kirsty Weakley Civil Society UK, on May 9, 2014

A prominent Muslim charity leader has warned the Charity Commission that scrutiny is falling "disproportionately" on Muslim charities because of counter-terror legislation.

Abdurahman Sharif, operations manager at the Muslim Charities Forum, an umbrella body for Muslim charities, told Civil Society News that since 2001, when new counter-terrorism legislation came to force, charities have been under increased scrutiny.

Treasury Gives Unsatisfactory Response to Congressional Question on Aid License Delays

Date: 
May 8, 2014

Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew was questioned during an April 29, 2014 hearing in the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government the department’s inadequate response to the January Omnibus Appropriations requirement on delays for humanitarian license approvals. The report was due in March. In the bill Congress asked Treasury to send recommendations for how it will reduce wait times for licenses granted to permit humanitarian aid in places like Somalia. Rep Jose Serrano (D-NY) told Lew he would like to see a “more thorough response” than what Treasury submitted.

Bill to Ease Limitations on Remittances Passes House

Date: 
May 8, 2014

A bill to improve the ability for remittance services to send funds to conflict zones passed the House of Representatives May 7, 2014. The Money Remittances Improvement Act (HR 4386) is intended to reduce the fears some banks have working with Money Service Businesses (MSBs) and other non-bank firms that operate in complex conflict zones, like Somalia. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), the bill’s primary sponsor, hailed its passage as “a cause for celebration for all diaspora communities.”

Letter from Civil Society Groups Objects to NSA Surveillance of Human Rights Groups

Date: 
April 24, 2014

On April 8, 2014 NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden said the National Security Agency (NSA) and a UK government agency have “without question” targeted human right organizations for surveillance, including “leaders or staff members in a number of purely civil of human right organizations…including domestically, within the borders of the United States.”  In respo