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March 27, 2014

Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council, Jan Egeland, urged passage of the Humanitarian Assistance Facilitation Act (HAFA) to help alleviate the Syrian humanitarian crisis in his March 26 testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

March 20, 2014

The nexus of freedom of speech and support of terrorism may again come before the Supreme Court. A petition sent to the Court on March 17, 2014 asked the justices to review the case of Tarek Mehanna, a Boston native who was sentenced to 17 years in prison for an act his lawyers say is protected by the First Amendment.

March 17, 2014

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) filed the International Conflicts of Concern Act (HR 4223) in the House of Representatives on March 12, 2014 which would ban travel to Syria without a license from the Department of Treasury and authorize the President to designate other areas where s/he finds acountry or armed forces are allowing a foreign terrorist organization to engage in armed conflict and it is in the national security interest to restrict travel and ban material support.  The penalties for violations include civil and criminal penalties, with up to 20 years in prison being possible. Its purpose is to prevent Americans from traveling to train with terrorist groups. The bill text has no exemptions for humanitarian, human rights, peacebuilding or other constructive activities. It has been referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

March 6, 2014

In February, the Charity & Security Network and the Human Security Collective sent recommendations to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) calling for adherence to principles of effectiveness and proportionality as they review their Typologies of terrorist abuse of nonprofits. The FATF is an intergovernmental body that sets policy recommendations for governments to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing.