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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 civil society and nonprofit organizations. We collect and disseminate relevant information on our website, via our Twitter and Facebook accounts, and through our biweekly email newsletter, which contains links to a variety of news articles. To read the most recent issues of our email newsletter or to subscribe, click here

Our staff also creates news pieces on events and developments of particular interest to our members that are not covered in other news outlets. Those stories can be found below, in revese chronological order. 

Israeli Charges Against World Vision’s Gaza Director Raise Questions

Date: 
August 10, 2016

Mohammed El Halabi was subjected to 50 days of administrative detention and interrogation before being indicted by Israel on Aug. 4, 2016. He is charged with diverting funds to Hamas during his tenure as head of World Vision’s Gaza office. His detention and interrogation raise questions about fair procedures in the investigation, transparency and realities of risks for aid groups working in conflict zones, as well as the restrictive legal environment for nonprofit organizations in Israeli law.

UN Expert Says U.S. Counterterrorism Restrictions on Nonprofits Jeopardizes Freedoms of Assembly and Association

Date: 
July 28, 2016
Author: 
Kay Guinane

Maina Kiai, UN Special Rapporteur on freedoms of peaceful assembly and of association, concluded a two week visit to the US with a press conference on July 27 in Washington, DC, where he released his preliminary findings.  Kiai addressed a wide scope of topics, from policing of demonstrations to labor rights to counterterrorism. His visit took him to Washington, Baltimore, Ferguson, Phoenix, New Orleans, Jackson, and the political convention sites in Cleveland and Philadelphia.

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