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

April 30, 2019

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 in U.S. courts. A statement from 18 organizations, including the Charity & Security Network, supports the resolution and release of the funds.

Online Discussion: Current Counterterrorism Measures and Issues for Principled Humanitarian Action

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July 10, 2018

There are many challenges for principled humanitarian action - security in conflict zones, lack of adequate funding and more. But counterterrorism measures can also present certain challenges, including areas of tension between international humanitarian law and various counterterrorism and sanctions measures. Navigating this landscape can be complicated, raising important considerations for humanitarian organizations undertaking this essential work.

Recording Now Available

View "Challenges and Considerations for Humanitarian Assistance in the Current Legal Landscape," as a printable PDF.

Tuesday July 10 at 10 am US eastern time, 1400 UTC 

NRC Examines Impact of Counterterrorism, CVE on Humanitarian Action

June 25, 2018

A report from the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), Principles Under Pressure: The Impact of Counterterrorism Measures and Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism on Principled Humanitarian Action, aims to update the evidence base for the impact of counterterrorism measures on humanitarian groups' ability to deliver aid to populations under the control of designated terrorist groups. It also sets out to examine what impact, if any, the emerging areas of P/CVE has on principled humanitarian action. Read more

STUDY: Talking to the Other Side- Humanitarian negotiations with Al-Shabaab in Somalia

January 9, 2014

Published by the Humanitarian Policy Group in December 2013, Talking to the Other Side –Humanitarian Negotiations with Al-Shabaab in Somalia is an in-depth study that sheds light on dynamics and details of negotiations between aid organizations and Al-Shabaab, primarily between 2008 and the famine of 2011.  It provides historical context to the impossible choices facing aid agencies and details how both Al-Shabaab and the actions of donor governments ex