The Charity and Security Network monitors U.S. and foreign government activities and a wide range of news sources to identify developments in national security policy that impact American charities and foundations. We collect and disseminate this information - with a focus on its impact on civil society and nonprofit organizations.
Civil society groups around the world have seen an increase in restrictions on their vital work, through legislative measures, regulations and in some cases violence. Governments from regions including Africa, Asia and the Middle East have created barriers to the work of legitimate nonprofits seeking to empower citizens and improve society. Often passed under the guise of preventing terrorism, these laws and regulations represent a significant step backwards for global human rights.
On Nov. 21, 2013 USAID published a notice reopening the public comment period on its proposed Partner Vetting System pilot (PVS). A technical problem with the email address meant that comments submitted on the original deadline were not readable by USAID. The agency is allowing 15 days for comments to be resubmitted or new comments to be filed. The deadline is Dec. 6, 2013.
Three U.S. Senators, Major Media Groups, Defense Lawyers and Historians Urge Court to End NSA Bulk Collection of Americans' Phone Information
Three U.S. Senators were among those filing friend-of-the court briefs in support of 22 nonprofit groups suing the National Security Agency (NSA) to end collection of phone call information of millions of Americans. The Nov. 19, 2013 filings in First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles v.
USAID published Mission Order 201.05 on July 8, 2013 that expands a vetting program for grants and contracts that is similar to its controversial proposed Partner Vetting System. The order requires recipients of grants and contracts to “vet” non-U.S. key individuals involved in programs by submitting personal information on them to USAID for comparison to U.S.
From BBC News, Nov. 6, 2013
Colombian Farc rebel leaders and government negotiators have agreed on a political future for the left-wing group should a peace deal be reached.
At the ongoing talks in Cuba, both sides agreed on guarantees, conditions and support for the creation of new political parties.
Colombia's largest rebel group and the government are yet to discuss another four items on the agenda.
The peace talks aim to end nearly 50 years of armed conflict...
Lawyers for 22 U.S. nonprofits that sued the National Security Agency (First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles v. NSA) challenging the legality of its bulk collection of their phone call information filed a Motion for Partial Summary Judgment in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Francisco Division, on Nov. 6, 2013.
A former South African ANC government minister, Tokyo Sexwale, was reportedly detained at a U.S. airport because he was on a terrorism watch list, despite the fact that the ANC is no longer considered a terrorist group by the U.S.
From Denise Roland for The Guardian, Nov. 5, 2013
The USA FREEDOM Act, introduced Oct. 29, 2013 aims to rein in the excessive National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance of Americans revealed by the Edward Snowden leaks. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Rep.
Zambian civil society groups are asking President Michael Sata to suspend implementation of a controversial 2009 Zambian law on nonprofit organizations (NPOs), which was introduced by former President Rupiah Bandas. The law requires all NPOs in Zambia to register by Nov. 11, 2013, regardless of size or capacity, and imposes heavy penalties, including jail time, for noncompliance. The law also inserts the government into operational decisions of NPOs and requires their activities to be aligned with the government’s development policy.