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.
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.
View "Challenges and Considerations for Humanitarian Assistance in the Current Legal Landscape," as a printable PDF.
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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
- Survey: Counterterrorism Laws Impede Aid Delivery in Syria
- UN HLR Highlights Impact of Sanctions on Humanitarian Work
- Treasury's Informational Licensing Guidance for Humanitarian NGOs Falls Short
- New Portal for Humanitarian Negotiation Resources
- Somalia: The 2011 Famine and its Response
- The Impact of Counterterrorism Measures on Charities and Donors After 9/11 (Printable handout)
- Sphere Handbook for Humanitarian Responders
- Understanding Humanitarian Exemptions
- Talking to the Other Side - Humanitarian Negotiations with Al-Shabaab in Somalia
- Study: Hanging by a Thread - The Ongoing Threat to Somalia's Remittance Lifeline
- Counterterrorism Laws Impede the Delivery of Medical Care in Armed Conflict
- Counterterrorism Measures Stifle Humanitarian Action, by UN OCHA and the NRC
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