Under existing U.S. regulations, "there is no general requirement for U.S. depository institutions to conduct due diligence on a [foreign financial institution]'s customers," according to a August 30 fact sheet issued by the U.S.
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The United Nations will continue to support Member States in addressing terrorism and violent extremism in line with the principles of the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, states a July 26 letter from the director of the UN's Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT)/Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF).
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.
In a July 21 letter to the U.S. Departments of Treasury and State, the Charity & Security Network thanks the Treasury for publicly stating that banks need not be infallible in applying their due diligence obligations reasonably and that U.S. nonprofit organizations (NPOs) are not by definition high-risk banking customers.
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.