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July 17, 2014

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.

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.

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

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.

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.